Denmark passes bill to stop Quran burnings
Denmark's parliament passed a bill on Thursday that makes it illegal to burn copies of the Quran in public places, after protests in Muslim nations over the desecration of Islam's holy book raised Danish security concerns, Paralel.Az reports citing Reuters.
Denmark and Sweden experienced a series of public protests this year where anti-Islam activists burned or otherwise damaged copies of the Quran, sparking tensions with Muslims and triggering demands that the Nordic governments ban the practice.
Denmark's government has argued that the new rules will have only a marginal impact on free speech.
Breaking the new law would be punishable by fines or up to two years in prison, the government has said.
Sweden, too, is considering ways to legally limit Koran desecrations but is taking a different approach than Denmark. It is looking into whether police should factor in national security when deciding on applications for public protests.