On November 29, 2009, Swiss voters approved a constitutional ban on the construction of minarets by a margin of 57.5 to 42.5 percent. The initiative was originally sponsored by the anti-immigrant Swiss People's Party (SVP). The ban was later challenged in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), where petitioners alleged that it violated freedom of religion and freedom from discrimination under the European Convention on Human Rights. The ECHR has yet to rule in the case.
Learn more about the minaret ban from the JURIST news archive.
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