Following the huge victory of rightist parties in general elections, Austrian Muslims are concerned over the rise of anti-Muslim rhetoric, however they are confident the state institutions will protect them.
As the Austrian face-veil ban comes into force, a Muslim woman was forced to remove her veil Sunday, October 1, in a new challenge to Muslims in the European country.
In decision protested as discriminatory, Austria’s parliament has approved on Thursday, May 17, a new law banning burqa in public places, and imposing a €150 fine on Muslim women who challenge the decision.
Denouncing rising Islamophobia in the country, the President of Austria called on all women to wear a hijab for one day in solidarity with Muslim women facing regular abuses.
A leading Austrian Islamic group has announced plans to open prayer spaces to public during Friday prayer, to strengthen their youth outreach and education problem.
Austria celebrated on Sunday, December 4, the defeat of far-right presidential candidate Norbert Hofer against independent rival candidate Alexander Van der Bellen, concluding a tumultuous presidential race marred by anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant comments.