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Report of the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Summary of cases transmitted to Governments and replies received, A/HRC/4/21/Add.1, March 8, 2007

152. The Special Rapporteurs brought to the attention of the Government information they had received relating to a questionnaire introduced in the state of Baden-Württemberg. The questionnaire is to be answered by citizens of the 57 member states of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) who apply for German citizenship. According to the information received, on 1 January 2006, the Ministry of the Interior of Baden-Württemberg introduced a questionnaire directed principally at Muslims who want to obtain German citizenship. They are required to fill out a 30- question questionnaire, concerning a number of issues including attitudes to equality between men and women, homosexuality and freedom of religion.

153. The Special Rapporteurs were concerned that an obligation imposed only on the citizens of the 57 OIC member states could be discriminatory, especially considering the large Turkish community living in Germany. It was further reported that under the new legislation, those who pass the test can have their citizenship revoked if they are found guilty of acting in conflict with their responses to the questions.

Link to full text of the report: Summary of cases-SR Freedom of Religion-2007-eng