Sharia proposal rebuffed by anti-racism experts

A government advisory committee has come out against a proposal to introduce elements of the Muslim legal system, Sharia, in Switzerland.

This content was published on January 23, 2009 - 15:29

The president of the Federal Anti-Racism Commission, Georg Kreis, said there was no support for the system to be established.

He told the Tages-Anzeiger newspaper that although the author of the idea, Christian Giordano, had published a guest article on the subject in the commission's official publication, his views were not shared by the members.

Giordano, a social anthropologist at Fribourg University, said he wanted to generate debate on the issue and his article had been misunderstood.

The piece stirred considerable controversy, particularly among human rights and women's groups.

Islamic organisations in Switzerland have described the proposal as unrealistic and objectionable.

In compliance with the JTI standards

In compliance with the JTI standards

More: SWI certified by the Journalism Trust Initiative

Sort by

Change your password

Do you really want to delete your profile?

Your subscription could not be saved. Please try again.
Almost finished... We need to confirm your email address. To complete the subscription process, please click the link in the email we just sent you.

Discover our weekly must-reads for free!

Sign up to get our top stories straight into your mailbox.

The SBC Privacy Policy provides additional information on how your data is processed.