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.

  • tom_billesley

    Shame on them. Where are their gloves?

  • Spatchcocked

    To paraphrase Yeats I must admit that seeing those gloveless hands leads to in my case “a shudder in the loins engendered there”.

  • Tooth&Claw

    What the Islamists fail to understand is that nudity, after a time, becomes banal. What they are doing is actually eroticising the female form. The Victorians did this too, to the point where all ‘limbs’ including those on furniture were covered.