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Schindler, Felix

Redakteur Inland Tages-Anzeiger Schweiz

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Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | 16/10/2015

Holocaust not more important than Armenian genocide

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that denying the Armenian genocide is not an incitement to racial hatred and should therefore not be punishable by law. With their decision the judges are making awkward comparisons, the centre-left daily Tages-Anzeiger complains: "The problem is not so much that a person who denies the Armenian genocide will now go unpunished. … Far more worrying is that the ECHR is treating genocides differently. Those who deny the Holocaust are automatically inciting racial hatred, but those who deny the Armenian genocide don't necessarily do so with the intention of inciting hatred. This distinction is incomprehensible. Whether the Armenians and Turks will ever reconcile is questionable. The ECHR's ruling has weakened the position of the minority and therefore achieved nothing in terms of mediating between the two peoples."

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | 24/09/2013

Take fear of the burqa in Ticino seriously

After a referendum on the weekend the Swiss Canton of Ticino wants to introduce a ban on full-body veils: 65.4 percent of the voters cast their ballots in favour. Even if the citizens' fears are unfounded they must nonetheless be taken seriously, the liberal Tages-Anzeiger demands: "Have the people of Ticino let themselves be seduced by the populists? This accusation is oversimplified. Even if the problems with burqas in Switzerland are just pseudo problems, the Swiss's unease regarding extreme Islamism is genuine. Fears are neither right nor wrong; they are part of being a human being. You can't blame somebody for feeling uncomfortable in the presence of a person wearing a full-body veil - all we can do is respect this and try to dispel these fears. For too long, the left has left this issue to the [national-conservative] SVP, and it would now do well to define the basic principles of coexistence and demand that they be observed. And the citizens must admit to themselves that they still have a long way to go when it comes to integration."

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