14.01.2015
Compulsory social measures: the long way to rehabilitation

In 2014 some important steps have been taken on a national level in order to further the compensation and rehabilitation of former victims of indiscriminate compulsory social measures issued by the state. Among other measures a fund has been set up to help...


07.01.2015
Recommendations for the implementation of Swiss guidelines for human rights defenders

To standardise and enhance the cooperation with foreign human rights defenders is the declared aim of the Swiss guidelines for human rights defenders. A good year after their publication, the Centre for Peacebuilding (KOFF) has now presented a study on the...


17.12.2014
Expulsion initiative: Council of States insists on hardship clause

On the International Human Rights Day, the Council of States decided with 28 against 3 votes (and 3 abstentions) to follow the proposal of its Political Institutions Committee and to decide on a more moderate implementation of the expulsion initiative than...


10.12.2014
10 December: Manifold support for human rights in Switzerland

In view of the Swiss People’s Party (SPP) attack on the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) it is encouraging to see how much support the ECHR and international human rights in general get from political parties, aid organisations and NGOs who...


03.12.2014
NGO conference issues recommendations to the OSCE foreign ministers conference in Basel

On 4 and 5 December 2014 the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Ministerial Council will meet convening the foreign ministers and around 1200 delegates from 57 states. Between 1 and 3 December 2014, Swisspeace together with the...


26.11.2014
40 years' membership in the ECHR – a reason to celebrate

On 28 November 1974, Switzerland could finally implement the legal act: some short time ago Swiss women were given the right to vote on a federal level. This meant the obstacles were removed and Switzerland was allowed to participate in the European...

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