Austrian MPs on Wednesday approved a law aimed at banning the headscarf in primary schools, a measure proposed by the ruling right-wing government. To avoid charges that the law discriminates against Muslims, the text refers to any “ideologically or religiously influenced clothing which is associated with the covering of the head”.[…]
Austria’s leader confirmed Wednesday that authorities have found financial links between the suspected gunman of the recent mosque massacres in New Zealand and a local nationalist group, following a raid on an activist’s home. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz added that the Austrian government was looking into dissolving the group, known as[…]
Austria’s main federation of Muslim residents (IGGiOe) on Sunday voiced its “indignation” after Vienna announced the closure of seven mosques and said it would expel Turkish-funded imams. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who faces elections in two weeks, on Saturday strongly criticised the move as anti-Islamic and promised a response,[…]
A group of Iranians has filed a lawsuit demanding court intervention after the US government denied the refugee applications of roughly 90 refugees waiting in Austria. The Iranians are seeking refugee status in the US through the unique Lautenberg-Specter programme, which is meant to protect vulnerable groups such as religious[…]
The march on Saturday, in which the protesters carried signs with slogans denouncing the proposed ban, proceeded through the centre of Vienna and ended in front of the square where the Foreign Ministry building is located, Efe news reports. The demonstration was organised by several Austrian Muslim associations, and most[…]
Austria has announced it will deploy extra troops to help patrol the border and carry out checks on those arriving in the country. The move comes amid a wave of criticism directed at the rigid asylum application limit imposed by the government on Friday. Austria’s Defense Ministry said it would[…]
This forms part of a series focusing on BDS movements around the world The boycott, divestment and sanctions movement known by its acronym, BDS, with branches quickly spreading throughout the world has quickly become the main focus of international solidarity and activism. The movement has grown in size as a[…]
Trainloads of migrants arrived in Austria and Germany from Hungary on Monday as European Union asylum rules collapsed under the strain of a wave of migration unprecedented in the EU. As thousands of men, women and children – many fleeing Syria’s civil war – continued to arrive from the east,[…]
As many as 50 refugees were found dead in a parked lorry in eastern Austria near the Hungarian border on Thursday, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the discovery had shaken European leaders attending a Balkans summit. Police made the grisly discovery in the 7.5-tonne lorry stopped on the A4[…]
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