A Swiss MP has called for hijabs to be banned from passport pictures saying it is unfair that caps and hair bands are not allowed in the images. Current guidelines in Switzerland allow women to wear a hijab in a passport photograph for reasons of faith – so long as their face is identifiable. However, the laws also state that hair bands and caps are forbidden from the pictures.
The official guidelines by the Swiss federal police state: ‘Head coverings are in principle unacceptable… exceptions are only made for medical or religious reasons. ‘In those cases the face must be visible… and there should not be shadows on the face.’ But now Swiss MP Walter Wobmann has spoke out and criticised the laws, saying that it is unfair women can wear hijabs while other garments are banned. READ MORE