Saturday 22 July 2017

Hungarian court repeals village ban on mosques and burkas

A Hungarian court has repealed a ban by a village led by a far-right mayor on the construction of mosques and headscarves worn by Muslim women.
A Hungarian court has repealed a ban by a village led by a far-right mayor on the construction of mosques and headscarves worn by Muslim women.

A Hungarian court has repealed a ban by a village led by a far-right mayor on the construction of mosques and headscarves worn by Muslim women.

The Constitutional Court said that the ban, also outlawing the activity of muezzins, infringed on freedoms of religion and speech.

The measure had been in place since November in the village of Asotthalom, on the Serbian border, led by Mayor Laszlo Toroczkai of the far-right Jobbik party.

Before Hungary built fences on its borders with Serbia and Croatia in 2015, Asotthalom was a frequent point of entry into Hungary for migrants and refugees on their way to Western Europe.

Last year, Mr Toroczkai said the rules were adopted to defend the village's "community and traditions".

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