26.08.2015
New recommendations of the UN Committee against Torture against Switzerland

The Committee against Torture suggests the inclusion of an explicit ban torture as well inhuman or degrading treatment in Switzerland’s criminal law. The UN expert body requires the creation of independent complaint mechanisms in case of police...


19.08.2015
Political rights for foreigners in Switzerland

In Switzerland, foreigners are largely excluded from participation in the political system. They can neither cast their votes in federal ballots nor can they participate in federal elections. But cantons and municipalities can issue their own provisions on...


05.08.2015
Law on the control of the activities of Swiss security service providers abroad

The Federal Act on Private Security Services Provided Abroad (PSA) and the appurtenant ordinance will enter into force on 1 September 2015. The Federal Council took this decision on 24 June 2015. As of the beginning of September, mercenary companies will...


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...

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