Geneva: After France, Netherlands and Belgium, Switzerland is now on its way to become the fourth country in Europe to impose a ban on burqa, with lawmakers on Thursday voting for a far-right move to outlaw face veils in public.
Swiss parliamentarians turned inwards on the sensitive issue of immigration on Thursday by endorsing a bill authored by a politician of a far-right party, that seeks to ban the wearing of face coverings in public, including in public transport.
A motion titled "masks off" - discontinuing with burqa or other facial covering in public mustered majority support of 101 parliamentarians in the lower chamber. It was opposed by 77 members.
However, the Upper chamber is yet to give its green signal to the draft bill before it comes into force....more
09:19 AM, Sep 29, 2011