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...


05.11.2014
Swiss People's Party initiative: misleading bill weakens protection of fundamental rights in Switzerland

At their meeting in Rothenthurm on 25 October 2014 the 410 delegates of the Swiss People’s Party (SPP) unanimously voted for the launch of the new popular initiative «On the Implementation of Ballots – Swiss Law precedes Foreign...


22.10.2014
First review of the implementation by Switzerland of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings

The first review of Swiss efforts in the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings of 2005 has been initiated. Switzerland ratified the Convention on 17 December 2012; it became effective on 1 April...

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