Switzerland: Zurich Evaluates Muslim Treatment

ZURICH – Amid a heightened debate over the construction of Muslim minarets in Switzerland, cantonal authorities in Zurich are assessing the suitability of health, education, penal and social services for the Muslim minority. “We will try to find out if the services provided by the cantonal authorities allow religious freedom for Muslims,” Dr Thomas Widmer from Zurich University’s Institute of Political Sciences told swissinfo on Monday, July 16. “The Swiss constitution guarantees religious freedom and the canton must examine that this is not being violated.” The study, to be delivered by the end of next year, is meant to provide a more solid foundation on how Muslims practice their faith.