Although the proposal "Yes to a ban on full facial coverings" does not mention the burqa or the niqab — there is no doubt what the debate concerns amid a campaign by some of the country's politicians to assign labels for Islam and its followers.
Opinion polls suggest a majority of Swiss will back the face veil ban, while campaigners argue that it’s about Islamophobia and controlling women in the public sphere.
Lawyers and critics now say that in light of coronavirus, legal arguments against the burqa ban are much weaker and that it’s time to put an end to the criminalisation of women who choose to cover their faces in public.
Tendayi Achiume, the UN Special Rapporteur on racism, highlights what she calls the "Dutch paradox" – which is that the Netherlands' perception of itself as tolerant stops it making any further improvements.
The report released by the Pew Research Center, covering developments through 2017, also seeks to document the scope of religion-based harassment and violence.
Muslims in Sri Lanka are concerned that the short-term ban on the face veil could lead to the further marginalisation of Muslims in society.
Known for having imposed strict laws in the country in the mid-1990s, the Taliban's possible return in the Afghan power structure makes a lot of women uncomfortable.
The regional government of the Swiss state had opposed the measure to ban facial coverings but the decision was put to the people after the Green and Green Liberal parties demanded a referendum.
The new law bans wearing face-covering veils in public buildings, such as schools, government offices and hospitals.
Denmark, following in the footsteps of several other European countries, seeks to target Muslim women for their religious convictions. A young female-led organisation seeks to change attitudes within Danish society.
In the event that Denmark adopts the ban on wearing the full face veil or niqab, it will become the second European country to have such a restriction. France was the first country to impose this ban in 2011.
The bill narrowly passes through the lower house of parliament. It still has to be approved by the upper house as well as the government before it becomes law.
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