Thursday, October 11, 2007

Muslims face growing intolerance in Europe

Swissinfo, October 10, 2007 - 10:02 PM

A Muslim woman walks in front of women in traditional Swiss dress

Image caption: A Muslim woman walks in front of women in traditional Swiss dress (Keystone)

A Swiss official has warned at an anti-discrimination conference there is a marked risk of increasing intolerance against Muslims in Europe.

Anton Thalmann, the deputy state secretary of foreign affairs, told swissinfo that intolerance based on religion was a dangerous tendency that also affected fundamental Swiss values.

He told the meeting, organised by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), that co-existence between people with different religions was a daily challenge.

Thalmann - who addressed the Conference on Intolerance and Discrimination Against Muslims in Cordoba, Spain on Tuesday - welcomed the visit of OSCE special representative Ömür Orhun to Switzerland in November.

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