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On Sunday, Swiss voters approved a proposal to ban hiding the face in public places. The niqab and burqa, which is worn by nearly everyone even among the country’s Muslims, will be banned outside religious institutions. The new law does not apply to face masks for health reasons.
The new legislation was put to the vote through a popular initiative launched by the country’s right-wing Egerkingen Committee, the same group that led the charge of banning minarets more than a decade ago, and the Swiss broadcaster Mentioned. In 2017, the group submitted more than 100,000 signatures to the government and demanded that the issue be put to a national vote.
The Swiss government opposed the national initiative, calling it excessive, and argued that such a ban should be decided upon by certain regions, two of which already had a “jar ban”.
The ban has just won a majority, with 51.2% of the Swiss population voting in favor. Only six of the country’s cantons, like the states, voted against the proposal, according to SBC.
Among the main supporters of the initiative was the nationalist Swiss People’s Party, which praised the outcome of the vote and described the new measure as “a powerful symbol in the fight against radical political Islam.”
“The burqa creates a barrier between the wearer and the environment, thus preventing integration into society,” said Marco Chisa, president of the Swiss People’s Party.
Some feminist groups and progressive Muslims So he said Supporters of the initiative say it is frustrating that women are completely covered.
Other groups believed that the new restrictions were anti-Islam and that women should not be told what to wear.
The Swiss Islamic Council said the results were anti-Islam.
“Today’s decision breaks old wounds, expands the principle of legal inequality and sends a clear signal to exclude the Muslim minority.” Group Books.
The Swiss authorities now have two years to draft the legislation a leg News agency.