Geneva authorities on Tuesday voted in favour of a new rule defining the attire people may use to swim in the city’s pools after a long-running argument.
Under the new definition, swimmers must wear a one-piece or two-piece swimsuit which comes down no lower than knee level, keeps arms bare and is not a “swim skirt or dress”, reported La Tribune de Genève.
The definition effectively bans swimmers from wearing a burkini or bathing topless, which had both been allowed under a previous rule that only came into effect in September.
An Ethiopian who served as imam at a mosque in Winterthur has been found guilty of inciting violence after calling on worshippers to murder non-practising Muslims.
The 25-year-old was handed a non-custodial sentence of 18 months and banned from Switzerland for 10 years, according to news reports.
The Winterthur district court found the defendant guilty of three counts of public incitement to crime and violence, multiple depiction of violence, and working without a permit.
The court found it proven that during Friday prayers on October 21st last year at the An’Nur mosque the accused called for the killing and burning of Muslims who refused to take part in communal prayers.
“…Keller-Messahli has just published a book entitled, Switzerland: An Islamist Hub (“Islamistische Drehscheibe Schweiz“). It is sort of a field guide to Islam in Switzerland. The country’s mosques belong to various networks based here and there in the Muslim world; many of the imams have been trained in Egypt or Saudi Arabia; many of the mosques receive funding — and take orders — from organizations in Turkey. In her book, Keller-Messahli draws all the connections, follows all the money trails, and spells out the poisonous articles of faith. And she prescribes strong medicine: monitor the mosques, cut off the foreign cash, and expel the preachers of jihad.”
The leader of a prominent Swiss Islamic group and two other top members have been charged over alleged al-Qaida propaganda videos posted on YouTube.
Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber’s office alleges the three members of the Islamic Central Council of Switzerland (ICCS) violated Swiss laws banning al-Qaida, Islamic State and associated radical groups.
His office and federal police have opened about 60 cases linked to alleged ‘jihadi-motivated terrorism,’ mostly involving propaganda.
The indictments target ICCS President Nicolas Blancho, the group’s cultural chief Naim Chernim and spokesman Abdel Azziz Qaasim Illi.
ZURICH (Reuters) – Switzerland could become the latest country to ban facial coverings worn by some Muslim women after activists collected more than the 100,000 signatures required to put the proposal to a national vote.
The group, called “Yes to a Mask Ban,” said it will deliver the petition to federal offices in Bern on Friday, setting up a vote by 2020. Some of its leaders also spearheaded the 2009 Swiss ban on new minarets being built in the country.
Full-face coverings like niqabs and burqas are a polarizing issue across Europe, with some arguing they symbolize discrimination against women and should be outlawed. The clothing has already been banned in France.
The survey coincides with the news that the Swiss commune of Nidau is trying to get the canton of Bern to expel a Libyan imam who has preached hate. The preacher has reportedly called for the destruction of all enemies of islam, including christians, jews, hindus, Russians and shiites.
In addition, 81 % favoured banning salafism, and 83% would like a system that requires imams to get official authorisation before they can preach in Switzerland. 80% would also like rules that require muslim leaders in Switzerland to recognise equality between men and women and the principle of the separation of the state and religion.
Furthermore, 65% thought preaching should be done in a national language, while 55% thought imams should require training at a Swiss university.
Finally, 60% of people surveyed were against the idea of Islam being recognised as a state religion.
Switzerland is strengthening the police presence on its southern border, anticipating a summer increase in migrants who want to reach Germany and northern Europe. In addition, the government has not ruled out making further payments to the European Union.
It is a commonplace that Switzerland is the only real democracy in the world: that is to say, the only country in the world where the people control the government in more than a nominal and intermittent fashion, and can call it to account at any time, on any subject, at any level of the administration.
In no country is central government less important. The President of Switzerland changes every year, and the position is purely honorific. Many Swiss do not even know his (or her) name. And what non-Swiss has ever heard of a President of Switzerland?
Swiss police on Friday cancelled an event celebrating the 102nd anniversary of the naval victory of the Ottomans against the mighty Allied forces and commemorating thousands who lost their lives during the Gallipoli Campaign, saying it could disrupt public order.
The event named after the well-known slogan “Gallipoli is Impassable” was scheduled for Saturday in Basel city in northwest Switzerland, expecting at least 500 attendees. Turkish singers Mustafa Yıldızdoğan and Nejla Çakmakçı were also planned to perform at the event.