Germany: Muslim Associations Say Banning Political Party Not Enough - 08 January 2013

Islamic and immigrant associations in Germany support the ban on the far-right NPD that the federal states aim to achieve. Their representatives point out to the "Welt" however, that banning a political party will not cause the far-right ideas it disseminated to disappear.

In parallel with the ban process, therefore, there must be increased social-political efforts against the social causes of extremist tendencies.

"The party ban that is being aimed for is only one aspect of a complex problem. Many aspects of social conditions that give rise to hateful attitudes should not be played down or neglected," says the spokesman for the umbrella association, the Turkish Islamic Union of the Institute for Religion (DITIB), Bekir Alboga. [Note: this association is controlled by the Turkish government] (continue reading...)