Swiss parliamentarians reject bill to ban burqas

Burqa's are rarely seen in Switzerland with Andrea Caroni, a libertarian lawmaker with the Free Democratic Party who opposed the measure, praised Thursday’s “very clear decision,”

Swiss parliamentarians reject bill to ban burqas

World Bulletin / News Desk

Switzerland’s upper house of Parliament has rejected an initiative championed by a right-wing populist party to ban burqas and niqabs, the face- and body-covering garments worn by Muslim women, which have become emblematic of cultural tensions in parts of Europe.

The Council of State voted 26-9 with four abstentions Thursday against the measure that passed the Swiss lower house in September by a single vote. The Italian-speaking Ticino region in southern Switzerland enacted a ban on burqas last year.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 11 Mart 2017, 14:02