Commenting on the popular vote to change the constitution so as to ban the building of minarets in Switzerland Sarah Ludford said:
"This vote is a victory for intolerance discrimination and restriction on freedom of religion and expression."
"It will surely and rightly fall foul of the European Convention on Human Rights even though the Strasbourg Court has in my opinion taken some unjustified decisions supporting bans on the wearing by individuals of religious symbols."
"To compare this dismaying vote in Switzerland with the Liberal-led Danish government's refusal to ban the 'Prophet Muhammad' cartoons in
2005 is completely misplaced. That represented the upholding of liberal and democrat values of free speech."