Ban on the niqab: Switzerland will hold a public referendum on March 7
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According to Al Jazeera, the Swiss government has suggested voters to reject the March 7 referendum because such a ban could affect tourism.
In Switzerland, under a system of direct democracy, any change in the constitution is proposed by popular vote, and is considered a victory if more than 100,000 voters sign in favor.
The government said in a statement that “very few people in Switzerland wear a full face mask.”
The government has taken the position that most of the women who wear face masks are tourists and spend very little time in the country.
Earlier, the number of Muslim tourists was higher in Montreux and other places in central Switzerland, including Interlaken, around the prison in Switzerland, especially tourists from Arab countries.
Earlier, France and Denmark banned the niqab in order to maintain the country’s secular traditions and end discrimination against women.
According to the report, the right-wing Swiss People’s Party (SVP), along with the Egerkungar Committee, an organization working to ban the burqa in Switzerland, was also behind the ban on minaret construction in 2009, with 60 percent in favor. There were votes.
According to official Swiss statistics, the total population of the country is 8.6 million, while about 5% of the population is Muslim.