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From: (Matthias Neeracher)
Date: 25 Sep 1994 18:10:01 GMT
Subject: Vote results: Switzerland gets law against racism

Swiss voters today accepted with 1'132'326 against 939'739 votes a new law
that punishes with fine or prison people who

 - publicly demand hate or discrimination against a person or a group of
   persons based on their race, ethnicity, or religion,
 - publicly spread ideologies that intend the systematic disparagement or
   slandering of members of a race, ethnicity or religion,
 - with the same objective organize, promote or take part in propaganda
 - publicly in word, writing, image, gesture, assault or in other ways
   disparage or discriminate a person or a group of persons based on their
   race, ethnicity or religion in a manner violating the dignity of man or
   for one of these reasons deny, severely minimize or attempt to justify
   genocide or other crimes against humanity,
 - deny a service intended for the public to a person or a group of persons
   based on their race, ethnicity or religion.

Cantonal votes were exactly split in half: 13 cantons and semicantons voted
for the law, 13 against (If this had been a constitutional amenment, it would
have failed for this reason). Acceptance was highest in Geneva, with 65.7% yes
votes, while in Schwyz, 61.9% voted no. The canton of Zurich contributed with
58.4% yes votes approximately one third of the yes majority.


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