Swiss could vote to ban face cov­er­ing

The Jerusalem Post - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

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,” de­liv­ered the pe­ti­tion on Fri­day, set­ting up a vote by 2020.

“Fa­cial cov­er­ings are a sym­bol of rad­i­cal Is­lam that have noth­ing to do with re­li­gious free­dom but are rather an ex­pres­sion of the op­pres­sion of women,” said Anian Liebrand, a Swiss cam­paign leader. “In Switzer­land, we show our faces when we talk to each other.”

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