MINARETS BANNED IN SWITZERLAND

Yerkir
30.11.2009 14:00
Yerevan

Yerevan (Yerkir) - The ban on minarets construction proposed by
rightwing parties was approved by 57% of Swiss voters in Nov. 29
referendum. However, the idea was opposed by the government, as well
as most political parties and businessmen.

Although the initiative was welcomed by Swiss majority, it aroused
concerns amid society. The opponents of the ban say it will boost
extremist tendencies and contradict democratic principles that
stipulate freedom of religion and human rights. Meanwhile, those
backing proposal consider minarets' building as Muslims' claim
for power.

There are four mosques having minarets in the country, beyond two
other scheduled to be constructed. However, it is forbidden for a
mullah to call Muslims for a prayer. There are about 400 000 Muslims
in 7-million Switzerland.