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Indonesia: Halal tourism for families takes off

By: The World Folio Source: The World Folio With demand for halal tourism rising significantly, Indonesia is set to take full advantage of the niche tourism offering.  Indonesia, a vast country of more than 17,000 islands that encompasses most of Southeast Asia’s largest archipelago, has traditionally been an attractive tourism destination. Friendly people, warm weather, tropical beaches, incredible nature, world heritage historical sites and a harmonious mix of cultures, religions and languages has drawn tourists to visit the country by the droves. In fact since the 1970s, the country transformed from an unknown tourist destination to one popular around the world. This was particularly...

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“Seriously and clearly” illegal: Top French court rules against burkini bans

By: Aline Barros Source: VOA News France’s highest administrative court has suspended a town’s controversial ban on the full-body “burkini” swimming suits. The ruling is expected to set a legal precedent for at least 30 local municipalities that have issued similar decrees that prohibit women from wearing the outfits. The prohibitions have sparked international controversy and criticism from rights groups that say local authorities have overreached in telling women what to wear at the beach. A court statement on the ruling said the town of Villeneuve-Loubet’s burkini ban, “seriously, and clearly illegally, breached the fundamental freedoms to come and...

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Protesters demonstrate against France's ban of the burkini, outside the French Embassy in London, Britain August 25, 2016. REUTERS/Neil Hall

French politicians defend burkini bans as criticism rises

By: Richard Lough Source: Reuters via MuslimVillage PARIS (Reuters) – French Prime Minister Manuel Valls defended a ban on burkinis in more than a dozen coastal towns on Thursday, saying France was locked in a “battle of cultures” and that the full-body swimsuit symbolized the enslavement of women. Photographs of armed police ordering a Muslim woman on a beach in the Mediterranean city of Nice to partially disrobe went viral on social media this week, upsetting many French Muslims and causing global consternation. In a sign of rifts opening in the socialist government before a presidential election in 2017, France’s Moroccan-born education minister said the debate...

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