Swiss Burka ban would be a 'pretext to attack Islam'
The president of the Federal Commission against Racism say an initiative to ban any face-covering headgear in Switzerland is a pretext to attack Islam.
It's president, Martine Brunschwig Graf, told the Tribune de Genève that the ban in France hasn't resolved anything.
A group of right-wing politicians, the Egerkingen Committee, launched a ‘burka ban' initiative in March 2016.
It has until September 15 next year to collect 100,000 signatures to try to force a nationwide vote.
Meanwhile, the Geneva-based United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has welcomed a decision by France's highest administrative court to suspend a controversial ban on burkinis, warning that the ban had fuelled religious intolerance and stigmatization.
However, a recent study found that over 70 percent of Swiss would back a nationwide burqa ban.