Human Rights News Switzerland

SVP Anti Human Rights Initiative submitted

On 12 August 2016 the Swiss People’s Party (SVP) handed in the signatures collected for its people’s initiative, “Swiss law instead of foreign judges” at the Federal Chancellery in Bern. For this occasion, the NGO coalition...

Federal Supreme Court principles on custody according to the Dublin procedure

On 2 May 2016, the Federal Supreme Court overturned a decision by the Federal Administrative Court and specified the principles on custody according to the Dublin procedure. A person seeking asylum in a Dublin procedure may not be taken into custody...

The field is clear for a national human rights institution

NGO Platform Human Rights press release of 29 June 2016
The NGO Platform Human Rights welcomes the Federal Council’s decision to make way for a national human rights institution in Switzerland. Swiss NGOs have been working towards this goal for...

Abusing Facebook notifications to block atheist views in the Arab language

According to a report from the Atheist Alliance – Middle-East and North Africa (AA-MENA) on 19 April 2016, the number of cases is increasing in which Facebook sites, groups, or accounts are deleted or blocked after a large number of complaints have...

Lack of funding for community interpreting: one reason for inadequate psychiatric support of traumatised refugees

Many refugees are traumatised by what they have experienced in their home country and while fleeing and are in urgent need of psychiatric support. The use of qualified intercultural interpreters and intermediaries facilitates understanding across...

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