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Woman told to accept abuse or leave country

Lyssandra Sears · 13 Jul 2012, 09:37

Published: 13 Jul 2012 11:37 GMT+02:00
Updated: 13 Jul 2012 09:37 GMT+02:00

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Switzerland's supreme court has intervened to stop a young Kosovan woman having to decide whether to remain with her abusive husband or lose her Swiss residency permit.


The 21-year-old Kosovan woman came to join her husband in St. Gallen in the east of Switzerland some 21 months ago, newspaper Tages Anzeiger reported.

The husband, who is seven years older than his wife, forbade her from attending German-language or integration courses and would only allow her to leave the house in the company of her mother-in-law.

When the woman tried to resist what she described as slave-like conditions, she was put out on the street. Her family back in Kosovo also rejected her for her behaviour.

The St. Gallen migration board then decided not to renew her residence permit because she could not show that she was a victim of marital violence, or that she would face persecution in Kosovo. Her complaints to the Cantonal Security and Justice Department and to the Administrative Court were also rejected.

The kind of experience she had gone through was to be expected in a Muslim marriage, the authorities said.

In addition, having only met the man five times prior to the marriage, she must have known that such problems might occur.

The supreme court then stepped in and said that the previous decision-makers had not reached the appropriate conclusions. The court found that psychological abuse was also a form of violence, and said that there was no place for such behaviour in a liberal society.

A person affected by domestic violence should not "be faced with the dilemma of whether to remain in the abusive situation or to accept the loss of the right to residence,” the court concluded.

The Federal Court has now referred the case back to the St. Gallen justice authorities and told them to retry the case.

Lyssandra Sears (news@thelocal.ch)

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2012-07-15 11:28:40 by Ifti
People are people, regardless of where they were born, what color their skin is, or whatever religion. All deserve respect. Tolerance in Sweden/Britain is an illusion. The problem isn't immigrants not adapting to British culture, it's Brits showing much disrespect and scorn to those who are of any immigrant background. even if an immigrant was well versed in English, knew the customs etc. would they still get employment? No. Would Brits treat them as a decent human? No. So why would they want to assimilate into a culture that is constantly tearing them down? Demand for Islamic education in England is growing fast and schools – official and unofficial – are springing up to meet it. Now some local authorities are concerned that there is insufficient regulation. Although the number of Islamic schools is still small – around 168 at the latest count, just 12 of them state-funded – it is growing fast. About 60 of these schools have opened in the last 10 years; several in the last couple of months. And the demand from parents seems to be huge – one school in Birmingham recently attracted 1,500 applications for just 60 places. At least five Islamic schools have recently applied to be free schools, although so far only one has been approved. Islam promotes seeking knowledge as a form of worship, and things like "memorising the Quran" are rewardable. That makes memorising anything else look eas. Muslims live up to a certain strict code which parents enforce on their children, thereby making them adhere to their schoolwork more than their non-religious counterparts. Islam puts a massive emphasis on education and its essentially part of the religion itself since its Sunnah (following in the manners of the Prophet (pbuh)) but also a lot of the pupils will be from ethnic minority families and stereotypes aside its no secret that they encourage their children to excel in their exams and whatnot Bilingualism is an asset and not a problem. DFE is spending millions so that young generation could learn a foreign language, including Arabic and Urdu. The survival of British Muslim community depends on learning English, Arabic, Urdu and other community languages for their economic, social, emotional and spiritual prosperity. The London Borough of Newham has stopped community papers not for reducing spending but to force Muslims to read only English papers. Tomorrow, the council will stop teaching foreign languages in schools. It will also force Mosques and Imams to read Quran and perform all prayers in English, instead of Arabic. The stupid British politicians have already asked migrant families to use English at home with their children. IA http://www.londonschoolofislamics.org.uk
2012-07-21 02:33:06 by Trace33
It would only be stupid if immigrants weren't demanded to assimilate in to the culture of the host Country, if they choose not to, than move on.
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