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Federal Constitution of the Swiss Confederation of 18 April 1999

(Status as of 1 January 2016) 

 

Art. 8 Equality before the law

1 Every person is equal before the law.

2 No person may be discriminated against, in particular on grounds of origin, race, gender, age, language, social position, way of life, religious, ideological, or political convictions, or because of a physical, mental or psychological disability.

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Art. 15 Freedom of religion and conscience

1 Freedom of religion and conscience is guaranteed.

2 Every person has the right to choose freely their religion or their philosophical convictions, and to profess them alone or in community with others.

3 Every person has the right to join or to belong to a religious community, and to follow religious teachings.

4 No person may be forced to join or belong to a religious community, to participate in a religious act, or to follow religious teachings. 

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Art. 72  Church and state

1 The regulation of the relationship between the church and the state is the responsibility of the Cantons.

2 The Confederation and the Cantons may within the scope of their powers take measures to preserve public peace between the members of different religious communities.

3 The construction of minarets is prohibited.34

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34  Adopted by the popular vote on 29 Nov. 2009, in force since 29 Nov. 2009 (Federal Decree of 12 June 2009, Federal Council Decree of 5 May 2010; AS 2010 2161; BBl 2008 6851 7603, 2009 4381, 2010 3437).