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Swiss open criminal case against Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan

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SHAFAQNA- Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan, who has been arrested in France since February on rape charges, is facing a new accusation of rape in Switzerland. The Tribune de Geneve newspaper quoted Henri Della Casa, a spokesperson for the office…

Muslim couple denied Swiss citizenship after handshake refusal

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SHAFAQNA - A Muslim couple showed great difficulty in answering questions asked by people of the opposite sex, when they sat down for a meeting with a municipal commission in the Swiss city of Lausanne, the city’s mayor said. So they were…

Swiss President Calls for Voluntary, Safe Return of Rohingya Muslims

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SHAFAQNA- Swiss Confederation President Alain Berset has assured Bangladesh of continued support in providing humanitarian aid to the Rohingya people as well as ensuring their safe return to Myanamar. Switzerland understands the magnitude…

Swiss parliament rejects bill proposing country-wide burqa ban

SHAFAQNA - Swiss parliament’s upper house rejected a bill which called upon the country to outlaw the Muslim face veil on Thursday. The bill was proposed by the hardline Swiss People’s Party (SVP). MP Walter Wobmann called for a federal…

Swiss FM summons Saudi diplomats, criticize execution of Sheikh al-Nimr

SHAFAQNA - The Swiss foreign ministry summoned the Saudi Arabian charge d’affaires to express its opposition to the mass execution of 47 people, including a prominent Shiite cleric. In a statement issued on Monday, the foreign ministry…