Swiss government has sent a bill to parliament seeking to fine people who violate a national ban on face coverings up to $1,000.
The bill, which was sent on Wednesday, follows last year’s referendum to ban the face covering. The proposed ban, also known as the “burqa ban”, was supported by 51.2% of voters, but was criticized at the time as Islamophobic and sexist.
After consultations, the cabinet rejected calls to anchor the ban in the penal code and fine offenders up to 10,000 Swiss francs.
“The ban on face covering aims to guarantee public safety and order. Punishment is not the priority,” said a statement.
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