Belgium’s Constitutional Court fails to protect religious minorities

The president of Coordinating Committee of Belgian Jewish Organisations (CCOJB), Yohan Benizri, has criticised a ruling by Belgium’s Constitutional Court, which upheld two decrees adopted in the regions of Flanders and Wallonia banning religious slaughter.

“Of course this is disappointing for religious communities, but this is mostly a shame for our country. We are back to square one: Are we to accept that hunting is permitted for cultural reasons in this country whilst oa presence in the region over more than a thousand years would not justify a similar exception? What a moral defeat for our institutions”, said Mr. Benizri, who is also Vice-President of the EJC.

This is not over. Legally and politically, we will continue fighting this. This is a question of principle,” he concluded.

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