Swiss voters to weigh in on facial covering ban

ZURICH (Reuters) – Switzerland could become the latest country to ban facial coverings worn by some Muslim women after activists collected more than the 100,000 signatures required to put the proposal to a national vote.

The group, called “Yes to a Mask Ban,” said it will deliver the petition to federal offices in Bern on Friday, setting up a vote by 2020. Some of its leaders also spearheaded the 2009 Swiss ban on new minarets being built in the country.

Full-face coverings like niqabs and burqas are a polarizing issue across Europe, with some arguing they symbolize discrimination against women and should be outlawed. The clothing has already been banned in France.