15.07.2015
Switzerland runs for a seat in the UN Human Rights Council 2016-2018

The UN Human Rights Council consists of 47 member states at a time, with a certain number of seats allocated according to geographical blocks. In the past, Switzerland has already been member of the UN Human Rights Council twice, between 2006 and 2009 and...


08.07.2015
The Federal Council delays decision on a Swiss human rights institution

On 1 July 2015, the Federal Council has further delayed the expected decision in principle on the creation of a national human rights institution. It seems that an internal working group should review one more time all options, including the rejection of...


26.06.2015
International guidelines on the freedom of association

The right to join up in civil society organisations has come under increasing pressure in many countries. Against this background, two agencies of the OSCE and the Council of Europe (CoE) have published their guidelines on the freedom of association in...


10.06.2015
Registered partner not to be registered as father of an infant from surrogate motherhood

The registered partner of the genetic father of a child that was born from surrogate motherhood in California cannot let himself be registered as parent with the Swiss civil register. The American verdict on fatherhood is incompatible with Swiss public...


27.05.2015
Tourism in Sri Lanka: campaign calls for diligence

The Society for Threatened Peoples International (STPI) has addressed a campaign Swiss towards Swiss travel companies asking them to live up to their duty of diligence concerning human rights towards Sri Lanka. In its report «Schatten im...


13.05.2015
Senior Swiss People’s Party members condemned for racial discrimination

On 30 April 2015, a Bern regional court found Swiss People’s Party (SVP) leader Martin Baltisser and his deputy Silvia Bär guilty of racial discrimination and sentenced them to a conditional fine for violating the Anti-Racism Norm. The reason...

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