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OSCE criticizes controversial amendments to Austria Islam Law
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on Friday criticized the draft amendments to the 1912 Austrian Federal Law on the Recognition of Adherents to Islam as a Religious Society, commonly known as Islam Law.
The draft amendments are incompatible with relevant international human rights standards and OSCE commitments, according to a statement issued by the Vienna-based organization after months of controversy between the German government and the Muslim community including the domestic legally-recognized Islamic institutions.
The draft law provides for stricter regulations on recognition of the status of domestic Islamic organizations and bars any foreign funding to these organizations, particularly from Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
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