Geneva to ban religious symbols on public staffers
Geneva: Residents of Geneva on Sunday voted for a controversial new “secularism law”, which will among other things ban elected officials and public employees from wearing visible religious symbols.
More than 55% of voters in the Swiss canton backed the law, final results showed, despite warnings that it could lead to discrimination, particularly against Muslim women. Some critics think it might violate the constitution. Geneva Canton, which for centuries has been a centre of religious freedom and tolerance, has been striving to replace a law on the books since 1907.
The new law’s stated ambition is to expand the dialogue between religious groups and the state, and to better define the limits to religious expression in the public sphere.
Supporters say it will help clarify existing principles in the Geneva Constitution to protect the religious freedom of believers and non-believers alike. London: Queen Elizabeth’s 97year-old husband has voluntarily given up his driving licence after a crash last month, Buckingham Palace said on Saturday.
Philip escaped without injury on January 17 when the Land Rover he was driving flipped in a collision with a car. “After careful consideration The Duke of Edinburgh has taken the decision to voluntarily surrender his driving licence,” the royal palace said. The other driver, a 28-year-old woman, suffered cuts to her knee and a 45-year-old woman passenger in the car, which also had a ninemonth-old baby on board, sustained a broken wrist.
A burqa ban in Denmark recently saw Danish women defying it by wearing full-face veils