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Free trade agreement between Switzerland and China definitely without human rights guarantees

The Council of States has ignored human rights concerns and, as the second chamber of parliament, has agreed to the free trade agreement (FTA) between Switzerland and China. The various proposals for rejection stood no chance just the same as the call for...

Weapons instead of human rights: the Confederation eases the constraints for the export of arms

In order to give the Swiss arms industry the possibility to fill its order books again, the War Material Ordinance (WMO) is now being changed for good. On 6 March 2014, the National Council followed the Council of States’ decision on a motion on the...

What is the situation of children receiving only emergency aid?

Many of the persons receiving emergency aid after their application for asylum in Switzerland has been refused are under age. Their proportion over the last few years was always around 15 per cent and rising. Affected are children who are in Switzerland...

The CERD Committee has issued numerous recommendations towards Switzerland

For the fourth time , the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) has reviewed Switzerland's efforts to fight against racism and xenophobia and discussed its findings with a Swiss delegation. The Committee gave sevral...

Expulsion initiative: National Council does not care about constitutional principles

The National Council wants to implement the Swiss People's Party (SVP) expulsion initiative according to the letter. On 20 March 2014 it followed a proposal by its Committee (PIC-N) and voted with 104 to 71 in favour of a literal implementation of the...

Swiss OSCE Chairmanship 2014

In 2014, Switzerland is chairing the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). As Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA, President of the Confederation Didier Burkhalter is chairing the OSCE this year. The Swiss...

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