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Geneva to ban religious symbols on public staffers

GENEVA: Residents of Geneva on Sunday voted for a controversial new "secularism law", which can among different things ban elected officials and public staff from dressed in visible religious symbols.

More than 55% of electorate within the Swiss canton backed the legislation, final effects showed, regardless of warnings that it could lead to discrimination, in particular towards Muslim ladies. Some critics suppose it will violate the charter. Geneva Canton, which for hundreds of years has been a centre of religious freedom and tolerance, has been striving to exchange a legislation at the books since 1907.

The new legislation's mentioned ambition is to extend the dialogue between religious teams and the state, and to higher define the limits to religious expression within the public sphere.

Supporters say it'll help explain current ideas within the Geneva Constitution to give protection to the religious freedom of believers and non-believers alike.

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