Seven politicians have formed a committee to fight against the anti-burqa initiative, saying such a law would restrict individual freedoms.

The popular initiative 'Yes to a ban on concealing the face' calls for it to be made illegal for anyone to cover their face in public, with some exceptions including for local customs, the weather and health and safety reasons.

The initiative, which would effectively ban women from wearing the burqa in public, in September succeeded in getting the required number of signatures to push it to a federal referendum.

Now, seven MPs on both the left and right wing of politics have formed a committee to campaign against the initiative.

Read the complete original version of this item...