Charter on Laïcité in Public Services and Other Judgments

On April 4, 2006, the government renewed the Haut Council on Integration. This report results from its first year of exercice.

The report analyzes different models for integration in Europe, stressing particularly Spain, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Poland, and the United Kingdom. It also provides recommendation on how to modify the Reception and Integration contract (see Article L 117-1 in the January 18, 2005 Law on Social Cohesion entitled, “The Code of Social Action of Families”). The report also addresses the charter’s project on laïcité in administrative services.

Switzerland: Charter Commits Muslims to Swiss Values

Zurich’s Muslim organisations have decided to fight prejudice by adopting a groundbreaking charter that underlines their commitment to Swiss values. The document, the first of its kind in Switzerland, aims to improve the integration and the image of Muslims. Ismail Amin, president of the umbrella association of Zurich’s Islamic organisations, said that a study carried out by the local university showed Muslims are portrayed negatively in three quarters of Swiss media reports about their community.