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Cabinet affirms opposition to burqa ban

The Swiss government remains opposed to a ban on burqas, the head-to-toe garment that some Muslim women wear in public.

In a written response to a parliamentary question, the cabinet said on Friday that few women would actually be concerned by this measure, and it would be difficult to enforce.

It also pointed out that it would be unfair to distinguish between women living in Switzerland and tourists.

Asked if wearing a burqa could be a hindrance to integration, the government admitted that visual contacts are more difficult, but added that for those women, it allowed them to get out rather than be forced to stay at home.

swissinfo.ch and agencies


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