Sign of solidarity with Muslims

A cultural organisation has collected about 4,000 signatures to express its opposition to the minaret ban approved in a nationwide ballot four month ago.

This content was published on March 27, 2010 - 17:16

The Association for a Tolerant and Open-minded Switzerland said the petition was a sign of solidarity with Muslims in Switzerland.

The signatures, collected mainly via the internet, were handed over to a Muslim youth organisation, Ummah, in Zurich on Saturday.

Nearly 58 per cent of voters in November approved a proposal by the rightwing and ultra-conservative parties to ban the construction of minarets.

The result is seen as a major upset for the government and parliament and prompted a public outcry.

On Thursday the United Nations Human Rights Council narrowly passed a resolution condemning defamation of religion, which included reference to “Islamophobic” bans on building new minarets on mosques. with agencies

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