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EU court allows companies to ban headscarves. What will be the impact on Muslim women? | Religion News Service

March 25, 2017
(The Conversation) The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) that interprets EU law issued a landmark judgment on March 14 that upheld the right of private companies in EU member countries to enact policies barring employees from wearing “religious, political and philosophical signs” in the interest of “neutrality.”

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Switzerland Votes No on Burqa Ban - World Religion News

March 19, 2017
SWISS GOVERNMENT REJECTS BURQA BAN. An initiative to ban niqabs and burqas by Swiss People’s party, a right-wing political party, has been rejected by the Swiss upper parliament. The clothes in question are generally worn by Muslim women; it covers their full body and face. The debate over such coverings has gathered widespread cultural tensions in a few European regions. The vote by Council of State went 26 to 9 against the measure. Interestingly, Ticino, an Italian-speaking region of Switzerland, had pushed in a ban on wearing burqas in 2016. There were four abstentions. The...
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Protestant and Orthodox churches announce campaign to welcome refugees | WWRN - World-wide Religious News

March 12, 2017
RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS ARE COMING FORWARD TO DEFY THE GOVERNMENT AND SUPPORT IMMIGRANTS. Refuting Donald Trump’s decisions on banning migrants, a network of Protestant and Orthodox churches are mobilizing their congregations to provide support and shelter to refugees. The church leaders have called on their congregants to stand against President Trump’s orders on banning refugees and building a wall across the U.S.-Mexican border and to lobby the president and the congress members who implement such plans.

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New Trump Travel Ban is Still a Muslim Ban - World Religion News

March 12, 2017
TRUMP’S REVISED EXECUTIVE ORDER BANS IMMIGRANTS FROM SIX MUSLIM-MAJORITY COUNTRIES. A new ban on travel to the United States was signed by President Donald J. Trump on March 7. Officials of the Trump administration hope the latest step will end all legal challenges concerning the matter. The travel ban is valid for 90 days. It stops new visa assurance of six nations, Libya, Sudan, Syria, Iran, Yemen and Somalia. Other than stopping travel for people arriving in the United States from these countries, it also does away with refugee program followed at present by the United States...
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