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MPs in Swiss canton of Ticino back burqa ban
A woman wearing a niqab, a garment also banned under new rules in Ticino. Photo: Antoine Taveneaux

MPs in Swiss canton of Ticino back burqa ban

The Local · 24 Nov 2015, 09:36

Published: 24 Nov 2015 09:36 GMT+01:00

The parliament approved a law banning the garment, which covers the body from head to feet and is worn in public by women in many Muslim countries.

Citizens in the Italian-speaking canton in the south of Switzerland supported the ban in a referendum in September 2013, with around two in three voters backing the move.

Security measures were reinforced for the parliamentary session dealing with the burqa. the ATS news agency reported.

A metal detection device was temporarily installed to screen people coming into the parliament, the agency said.

The Ticino government had wanted the ban on burqas and niqabs (face veil) to also apply to other forms of head covering that hide the face, such as masks, worn by demonstrators and balaclavas.

But MPs voted for a law that applies only to the wearing of Muslim veils to avoid putting that on the same level as hooligans and masked demonstrators.

The minimum fine is 100 francs running up to the maximum of 10,000 francs.

The law makes no exceptions for tourists.

People visiting Ticino will be informed at airports and by customs at the Italian border that is unlawful in the canton to hide your face.

Around 40,000 visitors from the Middle East traveled to Ticino last year, a tourism market that is growing.


The Ticino law was inspired by a similar law in force in France, which was upheld by the European Court of Human Rights in July 2014.

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The Swiss parliament, following the recommendations of the federal government, said the ban does not violate federal law. 

It is not yet known when the new rules will come into force.

 

 

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