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Alliance Alert – 4 December 2020

Court suspends Geneva worship ban, religious gatherings resume

Geneva’s total ban on religious services and events has been suspended by the Swiss Constitutional Chamber of the Canton of Geneva.

The court has yet to decide whether the ban is a violation of the right to freedom of religion after a group of concerned citizens filed a legal challenge against it.

While the suspension does not serve as a final decision, it indicates that the ban is not proportionate and means that religious services and gatherings are now permitted until a final judgment is handed down.

The Chamber indicated that the likelihood of the case ultimately succeeding is “high or very high.”

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