Spain: Supreme Court invalidates the ban on the burqa

The Supreme Court has declared invalid the ban on women wearing the burqa or veil in public spaces, which had been decreed by the  Lleida City Council in October 2010.
The Supreme Court held that the measure “violates Article 16 of the Constitution”, which guarantees the right to religious freedom, and believes that “the burqa ban is a limitation on the exercise of religious freedom. ”
It is the first time that the Supreme Court is ruling on the prohibition of the burqa.

In declarations, the mayor of Lleida, Angel Ros, said that they would follow the decision of the Supreme although they did not share it. “The symbolism of the Islamic veil is an inequality between men and women,” he said.

One year without mosque in Lleida

July 18, 2011

Lleida’s North Street mosque continues to be closed one year after the local government, finding the place of worship did not fulfil the safety requirements, decided to shut it down on July 2010. The relationship between the imam of the Salafi Islamic community and the city council has deteriorated because of the lack of a solution or an alternative place. Currently, the Muslim community continues without a place of worship using one public park for their religious practices.

 

More information about Lleida’s mosque controversy on Euro-Islam website:

Lleida’s mayor urged to seek another location for the Salafist mosque

Lleida mosque construction

Lleida City Council will not provide land to build a mosque

Lleida City Council will not provide land to build a mosque

Lleida’s city council, governed by the Socialist Party of Catalonia (PSC), has blocked the administrative concession of land where the new mosque had to be built. The new mosque was intended to replace the North Street prayer’s room which has been closed since August. The Local Planning Commission rejected this project because the Islamic Community, lead by Abdelwhab Houzi, hasn’t provided the required documentation.

January, 25/2011

The Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia provisionally suspended the ban on burqa in municipal buildings of Lleida

The Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia has provisionally suspended the ban on wearing the burqa (or other garments that cover the face) in municipal buildings of Lleida (Catalonia) until a sentence is passed on the appeal that the Islamic association “Watani” interposed against the ban.

Lleida City Council approved the ban on wearing the burqa in public buildings on 8 October 2010. The ban was appealed by the Islamic association “Watani” of Lleida, considering that it threatened fundamental rights.