Hungary court repeals town's anti-Islam decree

2017-04-13 11:07


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Budapest - Hungary's highest court on Wednesday repealed a far-right mayor's decree banning the construction of mosques and the wearing of clothes such as the niqab and the burkini in his town.

The decree in Asothalom, close to the Serbian border, was "unconstitutional" and "infringed fundamental rights", the constitutional court in Budapest said.

The directive was introduced by Laszlo Toroczkai, a vice-president of the radical-right Jobbik party in November last year.

He gained prominence in 2015 when he filmed an action movie-style video at a fence on the Serbian border warning asylum-seekers not to enter Hungary.

The 39-year-old said last year the Asothalom decree was aimed at "protecting the community and its traditions from any mass settlement from outside".

Asothalom, a town of around 4 000 people, has few migrants.

The Hungarian Islamic Community estimated to have around 40 000 members, had called the measures "xenophobic" and asked the constitutional court to examine their validity.

Budapest has also refused to take part in an EU scheme to evenly share migrants around the bloc.
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