Although many Swiss celebrated the approval of the measure as a step forward in safeguarding their communities, some denounced it as a violation of freedom of religion and expression. Similar complaints have been made in the wake of laws not dissimilar to Switzerland's banning burqas being passed throughout Europe. According to Express:
“Amnesty International termed it a ‘black day for human rights in Ticino.'
The Ticino law was inspired by a similar French ban, which was upheld by the European Court of Human Rights in 2014.
France's parliament passed the burqa ban in 2010, leading to protests from Islamic groups who called it discriminatory.
Women can be fined up to £150 for wearing the burqa in France, which has the biggest Muslim population in western Europe.
An attempt by a British legal team to reverse the French ban was rejected last year.
European judges ruled that the measure aimed at stopping women covering their faces in public was entirely justified, adding that the garment threatened the right of people ‘to live together'.”