Monday, September 18, 2006

How Switzerland is dealing with Muslims

I am a Swiss citizen and as you know, rather concerned about what Islam means to our world, way of life and.... freedom.

Below you will find an extract of a paper given by the Swiss Federal Comission against Racism. If you are in interested in reading the whole paper then please go to: http://www.edi.admin.ch/ekr/ (Summary: The majority and the Muslim minority in Switzerland) you might find it just as "hilarious" as I do.

Switzerland does have a population of 7 Million people and as you will see below there are
340 000 Muslims.
We are so very good citizens, we want to make them feel as comfortable as possible. Let them take advantage of all we have to offer (freedeom, wealth, clean streets, health-system, education etc.) And of course we also want to let them practise their way of life, the way they are used to, and whenever possible we are asked to change our own lifestyle in order to please them.

After having finished reading this post please go and read Avenging Apostates article about his life in UAE and what he is going to face when he will tell his family, friends, fellow-students, society, authorities about him having left the peaceful religion of Islam.

Extract:

1.2. Facts on the Muslim population of Switzerland are important – but they can easily be used in a manipulative way. The estimated figure for Muslims living in Switzerland today is 340,000 (310,807 according to the 2000 census). This represents a massive increase on the 1970 figure of 16,353. The Muslims living in Switzerland come from around 105 different countries and belong to a variety of Muslim faith communities. The differences between nationalities are sometimes more marked than the religion that they share to a greater or lesser degree. The biggest group is made up of Sunni Muslims, while other groups include Shi'ites, Alawites, etc. The majority originates from former Yugoslavia and Albania, followed by Turkey and Arab and North African countries. Just under 12% of Muslims are now Swiss citizens. According to the EKA study, only 10-15% of those belonging to the Muslim faith are practising believers. For the great majority of Muslims, the younger generations in particular, religion today is more of a tradition from the parental home and less of a practice that forms part of their daily lives. Swiss Muslims are organized into around 300 organizations, most of which are private clubs and associations. The following organizations are active at national level: Ligue des Musulmans de Suisse (LMS), Fondation culturelle islamique, Muslims of Switzerland (MMS) the Coordinating Body of Islamic Organizations (KIOS) and, since the spring of 2006, the Federation of Islamic Umbrella Organizations in Switzerland (FIDS).

4. The FCR's (Swiss Federal Commission against Racism)
recommendations

To counter the discrimination found and the maligning of Muslims, the FCR is making recommendations to civil society in general but in particular to decision-makers, politicians and leaders of political parties, media professionals, education authorities and schools. The FCR points to its Five-Point Programme "Towards a common policy against racism", as presented on the occasion of its tenth anniversary, referring to the UN World Conference against Racism held in Durban in 2001:

1. The combating of racism and discrimination is an ongoing task of society as a whole.
2. The legal instruments to protect victims must be strengthened;
3. More easily accessible sources of help, such as ombudsmen and advisory and dispute settlement bodies are required to protect those affected;
4. Racism and xenophobia in politics and stereotyping in the media must be combated.
5. The combating of racism and discrimination must be part of a comprehensive human rights policy pursued by the Swiss Confederation, cantons and communes.

These five points must also be implemented in relation to the Muslim minority living in Switzerland. To achieve this we have to recognize the extent to which all that is spoken and
written about people of the Muslim faith in our country is laced with stereotypes and prejudices and how this actually results in discrimination and racist lapses.
Recognizing the pluralist and multi-faith reality of our country; believing that mutual respect and tolerance of all people makes a shared future possible and simplifies coexistence;

considering that social exclusion is contrary to the concept of a democratic state, the FCR makes the following recommendations:

to the members of the civil society:

1. Prejudices should be gradually eliminated through respectful encounters and through contact at school, at work, during leisure time and among neighbours. A range of suitable programmes is available from a variety of providers.
2. It is not what divides us, as so often stressed in the public debate, but what we have in common and mutual understanding that should be at the forefront of all contact.
3. Joint participation in existing social and political entities will create mutual trust.

to the federal authorities:

4. Freedom of belief and the ban on discrimination as laid down in the Swiss constitution should be respected and the anti-discrimination provisions of all UN human rights conventions and the Council of Europe should be observed.
5. Any acts of discrimination and exclusion mechanisms that affect Muslims must be countered more actively by the authorities and politicians. The areas in which religious affiliation should be irrelevant also include accommodation and the workplace.
6. The war against terrorism should not result in the erosion of human and basic rights and the equation of Muslims with terrorists.
7. Based on the concept of equal treatment of all faiths and their institutions in Switzerland, suitable legal principles should be adopted to ensure recognition in law of Muslim faith communities in the cantons.
8. The term "national religious minority" in accordance with the International Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities should be applied to the Muslim community.

9. Practising Muslims should be guaranteed a supply of ritually slaughtered meat (Halal meat).
to the cantonal and communal executives:

10. Building and zoning regulations should be interpreted more flexibly to allow the construction of religious centres and cultural buildings. The authorities should not give in to populist pressure to deny Muslims equal treatment.
11. Cantonal and, where appropriate, communal burial regulations should be amended so that funerals according to Muslim rites can be held in public cemeteries. This opening of cemeteries to other religious minorities should be debated.

to employers and trade unions:

12. Models and ethical guidelines should be used in businesses to foster a climate of equal respect for all employees irrespective of their religious affiliation.
13. These guidelines should be incorporated into collective employment agreements.
14. Businesses should guarantee that employees are free to practise their religion and suitable measures should be taken to make this possible.
15. Religious affiliation should not be considered a negative criterion when employing staff.
16. Internal contact points should be created where instances of victimization, exclusion and discrimination can be reported.

to those responsible for education:

17. Chairs of Islamic religious studies should be established at public universities.
18. Teaching in schools should reflect the religious diversity of today's classes. This can affect the organization of the school, teaching and curriculums as well as teaching aids and the design of subjects (e.g. the new subject known as "Religion and Culture" introduced in the Canton of Zurich).
19. Infrastructure should be provided on school premises to allow the discrimination-free support of religious guidance.
20. All religions should be treated equally in the granting of exemptions and the implementation of holiday arrangements.
to the media:
21. In accordance with the Declaration of the Duties and Rights of a Journalist, care should be taken that Muslims are not stereotyped in text, headlines or pictures.
22. Members of minorities living in Switzerland should not be blamed for events in other parts of the world. Statements that reflect a generalized suspicion must be avoided.
23. Discuss matters with people of the Muslim faith and do not talk/write about minorities but with them.


I am shaking my head in disbelief!!!

3 comments:

John Sobieski said...

What can I say? What is wrong with Switzerland? It's stunning. A rush to extinction, slash your own wrists.

The Anti-Jihadist said...

The slow suicide of Europe continues. It's happening right in front of my eyes and I hate it.

Mark said...

I remember Switzerland as a very different country. I shall always cherish the wonderful memories I have of your beautiful country from the time I worked there. In those days, the Swiss were suspicious of people who came to work there, even people from the United Kingdom!

I remember the hard time the Fremdenpolizei used to give me when I had to renew my permit (Aufenthaltsbewilligung). It was such a rigmarole. I gave up in the end. As much as I loved Switzerland, and as much as I loved living and working there, I decided that it wasn't worth the hassle.

In the years following my sojourn there, things altered out of all recognition. I have returned to your country several times since for holidays. Each time I go back there, I find more and more veiled people walking along the streets, and more and more Muslim taxi drivers, etc. In fact, the last time I was in Zürich Hauptbahnhof (main train station), I thought I was in the Middle East!

Now, it is like this in London Airport (Heathrow), I know, but I certainly didn't expect this to happen in Switzerland. Switzerland of all countries!

Switzerland is in the process of being Balkanized, just as the United Kingdom is. Like the British, they have nobody to blame but themselves. Sorry, but it's true.