UN blasts 'sinister' Swiss minaret posters
The UN Human Rights Committee on Tuesday criticised the Swiss People's Party poster campaign to ban minarets.Geneva -- The UN Human Rights Committee on Tuesday criticised a "sinister" far-right Swiss poster campaign aimed at persuading voters to back a ban on minarets.
A committee member expressed concern over the "sinister posters" which were displayed ahead of a referendum on banning the construction of Islamic mosque towers to take place on 29 November, a UN statement said.
The campaign poster, for the far-right Swiss People's Party, depicts a woman wearing a burqa in front of a Swiss flag on which several minarets resembling missiles stand.
The posters faced criticism earlier in October from the Swiss Commission against Racism, who said they insulted the country's Muslim minority and could threaten public order.
The UN committee, which includes 18 independent experts, also questioned on Tuesday whether the referendum was compatible with a UN rights charter.
Swiss representatives at the meeting to assess whether the country was meeting the rights charter said they had urged voters to reject the minaret construction ban.
More than 310,000 of Switzerland's 7.5 million residents are Muslims, making Islam the second biggest religion in the country after Christianity.
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