Here are some important law-and-religion news stories from around the web:
- The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Belgium’s ban on the wearing of partial and full-face veils in public places does not contravene the European Convention on Human Rights, citing the importance of “living together” in its opinion.
- A new Michigan law imposes tough penalties on doctors who perform female genital mutilation procedures as well as the victims’ parents.
- The Indian Supreme Court has halted the implementation of the federal government’s proposed ban on the selling of cows for slaughter, which was widely seen as targeting Muslims.
- Malta has legalized gay marriage.
- A South African investigative commission has recommended that religious practice be strictly regulated, although several religious organizations have indicated that they will challenge any such laws in the country’s highest court if necessary.
- Police in the Philippines have discussed issuing identity cards to Muslims as government forces continue to besiege a city seized by Islamists loyal to ISIS.