Asian Parliamentary Assembly slams Swiss minaret ban

A Turkish parliamentarian submitted a motion to the Asian Parliamentary Assembly to condemn Switzerland for the minaret ban.

Asian Parliamentary Assembly slams Swiss minaret ban

A Turkish parliamentarian submitted a motion to the Asian Parliamentary Assembly to condemn Switzerland for the minaret ban.

Mehmet Sahin of the ruling Justice & Development (AK) Party said on Thursday that he submitted to the motion to a meeting of the Assembly in Indonesian city of Bandung, and that the motion was adopted by the 41-member Assembly with the support of non-Muslim countries such as China, Russia, Vietnam, South Korea and North Korea.

"Accordingly, Switzerland was harshly condemned by the Asian Parliamentary Assembly for holding a referendum to ban minarets in the country. The Assembly made a very significant decision on the 61th anniversary of universal declaration of human rights since Switzerland violated human rights by restricting religious freedoms. I hope that the United Nations would also pay attention since the decision of Switzerland is against the Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Article 9 of the European Convention of Human Rights," Sahin said in a statement.

Switzerland decided to ban construction of minarets in the country in a referendum on November 29.

Founded in 2006, the Asian Parliamentary Assembly comprises 40 member and 18 observer parliaments. Each member parliament has a specific number of seats at the Assembly based on the size of their population. The number of total seats, and therefore, number of votes, is currently 206.


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