Swiss region votes to ban full-face coverings
GENEVA (AFP) - Voters in Switzerland's Italian-speaking region on Sunday slapped a ban on full-face coverings in public places.
Echoing bans in France and Belgium, the measure does not single out the full-face veil worn by some Muslims. Nevertheless, the move was condemned by the country's Muslim community and Amnesty International.
Results from a referendum in the southern canton of Ticino showed that 65 per cent of the electorate backed a proposal to forbid the covering of faces in public areas by any group.
It states that "no-one may mask or hide their face on the public highway, nor in places open to the public, except places of worship, nor those offering a public service".