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Ban loudspeaker/mechanical calls to prayer

Submitted by Julie Norman on Tuesday 10th January 2023

Published on Wednesday 18th January 2023

Current status: Open

Open until: Tuesday 18th July 2023

Current Signatures: 960
(count is updated approximately hourly)

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Cities ~ Council ~ Employ ~ Faith ~ Homes ~ Human Rights ~ Human Rights Act ~ Officers ~ permission ~ PRIVACY ~ The Government ~ work

Petition Action

Ban loudspeaker/mechanical calls to prayer

Petition Details

We want the Government to stop councils from being able to give permission for places of worship to use loudspeaker/mechanical calls to prayer, which can happen at various points of the day. We believe this is noise pollution, and should not be happening in our towns and cities.

Additional Information

Calls to prayer could also be objectionable to people who are of different faith groups including atheists, when they are enjoying their peace within their own homes/work/worship. We believe these calls infringe on individual privacy and enjoyment, yet councils, who employ abatement officers still allow loudspeaker/mechanical usage in many areas.

We believe allowing these calls to prayer is inconsistent with the Human Rights Act 1998, Article 8 and 9 and also legislation, "Noise & Statutory Nuisance Act 1993", "Control of Pollution Act 1974"


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