Navigation and service area

Federal Office of Justice


Bundesrain 20
3003 Bern

Contact person

Frank Schürmann
031 322 41 50

Further contacts

Adrian Scheidegger
031 322 47 90

Operating range

  • National

Relevant duties in the context of human rights

  • Representing the Swiss government in appeal proceedings before the European Court of Human Rights and the UN Committee against Torture as well as in Steering and Expert Committees, inter alia, of the Council of Europe
  • Drafting and submitting the periodic reports under Article 40 of the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and Article 19 of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
  • Liaison office for the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT)
  • Systematic screening of the compatibility of draft legislation with the standards of international human rights instruments

Main work in the human rights field

  • legal expertise

Issues our organisation works on

  • Torture / inhuman treatment
  • Deprivation of liberty / custody (preventive detention) / penal institutions
  • Political rights
  • Procedural law

International Reference


  • Human Rights Committee (HRC)
  • Committee Against Torture (CAT)

Council of Europe

  • European Court of Human Rights
  • European Committee for the Prevention of Torture(CPT)

Current projects with human rights focus

  • Optional Protocol to the (UN) Convention Against Torture and Cruel Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, Working Group concerning the implementation at the domestic level

Publications on human rights issues

  • Concluding observations of the human rights committee of the UN concerning the 3rd periodic report

  • 5th and 6th report of the implementation of the UN-convention against torture

  • Concluding observations of CAT concerning the 6th periodic report

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