VEILED : Plans for burqa ban win ground

An estimated 100 Muslim women in Switzerland wear the burqa but public opinion appears to be set for a ban (Keystone)

An estimated 100 Muslim women in Switzerland wear the burqa but public opinion appears to be set for a ban
(Keystone)

A large majority of citizens is apparently in favour of introducing a nationwide ban on burqas for Moslem women in Switzerland according to an opinion poll.

More than 60% of respondents said they would outlaw the Muslim religious garment in public spaces, says a survey by the Léger Switzerland polling institute.

The SonntagsBlick newspaper says people of all age groups and both in the German- as well as in the French-speaking parts of the country would vote for a ban.

About one in three respondents are apparently against it.

A member of the rightwing Swiss People’s Party is planning to launch a campaign next year for a nationwide vote on the issue.

Last year, a two-third majority of voters in Italian-speaking Ticino – one of 26 Swiss cantons – agreed a public ban in the southern Swiss region. But the decision is pending approval by the federal authorities.

Five years ago, a People’s Party committee won a nationwide vote banning the construction of new minarets in Switzerland, prompting a political upset.

swissinfo.ch and agencies

Categories: Europe, Switzerland

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2 replies

  1. Sometimes ‘democracy’ gets out of hand. In order to tease just a hundred Muslim ladies some people want to go into the huge expense of a referendum and than a change of law. These tax payer funds could be used more wisely.

  2. It may be that Burqa is very conservative and Hijab may become the way of the future, for modest dressing, in Western countries.

    Hijab would also be acceptable to ladies, who convert to Islam in the West.

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