Hate symbols banned by voters in Geneva

Hate symbols such as the Nazi swastika will be banned from public spaces in Geneva. Almost 85% of Geneva’s electorate voted in favour of the new article in the constitution. Turnout was 46%.

Geneva thus becomes the first of Switzerland’s 26 cantons to include in its constitution a ban on the display or wearing in public of symbols, emblems and other objects of hatred. The new article fills a legal vacuum, as no such ban yet exists at federal level.

The canton also becomes the first to demand that the state implement a policy to combat discrimination and hatred.


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