Human Rights News Switzerland

No to the enforcement initiative = yes to the rule of law

On 28 February 2016, Swiss citizens must vote on the enforcement initiative launched by the Swiss People’s Party (SVP). The initiative calls for a long list of directly applicable regulations on the deportation of foreigners who have committed crimes...

Protection from enforced disappearance: parliament ratifies agreement

The Federal Council can ratify the UN International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance. In the Confederation’s view, the Swiss legal system already mostly fulfils the main objective of the agreement. Swiss law...

Swiss Dublin practice under fire: why Swiss authorities still deport refugees back to Italy

Since August 2015, Italy has not been responding to readmission requests from Switzerland. But Swiss authorities continue to send refugees back if there is any evidence that they have entered Switzerland via Italy. In some cases asylum seekers in...

Human rights and the fight against terrorism in Switzerland

Even before the terrorist attacks in Paris on 13 November 2015, the Swiss Confederation assessed the likelihood of such an attack taking place as higher than usual. In September, the Confederation adopted a strategy for the fight against terrorism. One of...

Implementation deficits in the area of human trafficking

The first review of Swiss efforts in the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings of 2005 is over. Switzerland ratified the Convention on 17 December 2012; it became effective on 1 April 2013. FIZ,...

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