Swiss in referendum against Nikab: 51 percent vote for a ban on covering

Updated March 7, 2021, 1:15 p.m.

  • No to the Nikab: In a referendum, the Swiss agreed to a nationwide ban on covering up.
  • According to an initial extrapolation, the votes in favor of the ban were 51 percent.

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After an initial extrapolation, the Swiss agreed to a nationwide ban on covering in a referendum. The yes votes were 51 percent, as the co-head of the survey institute gfs.bern, Lukas Golder, said on SRF television. The error rate was still plus / minus two percent. A reversal of the trend is only theoretically possible, said Golder.

The bill aims to prohibit Muslim women from wearing the nikab or burqa in public places. Adopted, this dress code would be incorporated into the constitution and apply on the streets, in restaurants and shops. There is an exception for religious meeting rooms.

Such a ban already existed in the cantons of St. Gallen and Ticino. There are also bans on concealment in France, Austria, the Netherlands and other countries.

The ban on veiling in Switzerland also prohibits veiling for football hooligans

On paper, the submission was directed against concealment in general and forbade demonstrators and football hooligans to cover their faces in the future. The association, which pushed through the referendum with a collection of signatures, makes no secret of its anti-Islam stance.

In 2009 he had achieved in the same way that no new minarets may be built in Switzerland. The association, the Egerking Committee, is right-wing conservative and, according to its own statements, wants to prevent Switzerland from becoming Islamic.

Opponents accused the club of promoting anti-Islamic racism. The proportion of Muslims in Switzerland was 5.3 percent in 2018. The number of women wearing Nikabits is estimated at around 30. A burqa is a wrap that completely covers women and leaves only a lattice window open to see. The robe with a slit for the eyes is called a nikab.
© dpa

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