Posted by: becketfund | October 11, 2006

Switzerland: Religious Minorities Ask for Private Cemeteries

The Associated Press reports that Jews and Muslims in Geneva have asked for the right to build their own cemeteries where they can conduct burials according to their religious customs, but Swiss lawmakers fear that allowing religious cemeteries would “endanger secular principles”.  Swiss law states that all cemeteries must be public and non-denominational, with all plots facing the same direction, though officials have allocated a certain amount of space to the Muslim community so that the dead can be buried facing Mecca.  Geneva’s Jewish community currently buries its dead in France, where religious cemeteries are permitted.

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