Geneva: Switzerland votes Sunday on whether or not to ban full facial coverings in public locations, regardless of girls in Islamic full-face veils being an exceptionally uncommon sight in Swiss streets.
Polls point out a slim majority help the transfer, in a vote that comes after years of debate following comparable bans in different European international locations — and in some Muslim-majority states.
The Swiss are voting on the publicly triggered proposal “Sure to a ban on full facial coverings”.
It doesn’t point out the burqa or the niqab — which leaves the eyes uncovered — however there is no such thing as a doubt what the talk is about.
Marketing campaign posters studying “Cease radical Islam!” and “Cease extremism!”, that includes a lady in a black niqab, have been plastered round Swiss cities.
Rival posters learn: “No to an absurd, ineffective and Islamophobic ´anti-burqa´ regulation”.
The ban would imply that no one may cowl their face fully in public — whether or not in retailers or the open countryside.
There can be exceptions, together with for locations of worship.
“It´s a query of civilisation. Free women and men current themselves with uncovered faces,” stated Sure marketing campaign spokesman Jean-Luc Addor, of the populist right-wing Swiss Individuals´s Social gathering (SVP).
“It’s an excessive type of Islam,” he instructed AFP.
“Fortuitously, there aren’t many” burqa-wearing girls in Switzerland, he acknowledged, stressing although that “when an issue exists, we take care of it earlier than it will get uncontrolled.”