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Swiss parliament approves ban on full-face coverings like burqas, and sets fine for violators

  • The lower house of Switzerland's parliament has passed a ban on face coverings, such as burqas, with a vote of 151-29, following the approval of the upper house.
  • The ban, pushed through by the Swiss People's Party, aligns Switzerland with countries like Belgium and France that have similar legislation. It stipulates a fine of up to 1,000 francs for violators and prohibits covering the nose, mouth, and eyes in public spaces and private buildings accessible to the public.
  • This ban comes after Swiss voters narrowly approved a referendum two years ago to ban niqabs and burqas, as well as ski masks and bandannas worn by some protesters. Switzerland aims to ensure security by implementing this measure.
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