Banning Minarets in Switzerland threatens peaceful coexistence between religions

December 1st, 2009 by Editor

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) expresses its deepest worries on the Swiss voters’ decision in a referendum to ban the construction of minarets  in the country .


The Swiss Right-Wing People’s Party and the Federal Democratic union  gathered an enough signatures from a number of Swiss citizens to hold a referendum on an initiative to ban minarets in Switzerland, the referendum was held on  Sunday, 29/11/2009, and the result was approximately 57.5 % of voters approved on the proposal and the government said it would respect the decision of the people will as it will ban the construction of new minarets. In this regard EOHR confirmed on  the international covenants related to the freedom of belief as stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  


Besides the Universal Declaration of human rights , 3 international documents were prepared in the twentieth century to promote the principles of religious freedom : International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights  1966 , UN Declaration for the Eradication of All Forms of Intolerance and Discrimination based on religion or belief 1981, the Vienna Concluding Document 1989, all these documents promote the religious freedom as they confirm such rights which should be universal and indivisible.

 The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights   Also confirms that such issues related to religious of beliefs may not be subjected to referendum especially that Moslems  represent the minority in
Switzerland and such these practices may lead to violence and religious tension. Furthermore, EOHR confirms its demands for the promotion and protection of freedom of opinion and expression and freedom of belief stated in the international covenants.



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