18.03.2015
Implementation of the expulsion initiative includes hardship clause

In its decision on the implementation of the expulsion initiative, the National Council changes to the position of the Council of States. With the inclusion of a hardship clause it voted for a more moderate strategy which complies with the tried and...


11.03.2015
For our rights, against the Swiss People's Party initiative

On 10 March 2015, the Swiss People's Party (SVP) officially launched the collection of signatures for their popular initiative against international law. The civil society and political parties oppose this attempt to weaken the role of human rights in...


27.02.2015
Azerbaijan: Human rights defender takes refuge in Swiss embassy

In the past Emin Huseynov has repeatedly stood up for freedom of expression and the right to protest peacefully. In summer 2014, the pressure on the dedicated human rights defender increased in the course of a hardening of the political regime of President...


18.02.2015
Expulsion to Iran: Switzerland has repeatedly violated the non-refoulement principle

During its 52nd and 53rd sessions in May and November 2014, the UN Committee against Torture (CAT) dealt with five cases of pending refoulement to Iran by Switzerland. In all five cases, the CAT affirmed a violation of Art.3 of the UN Convention against...


11.02.2015
Second reporting cycle on Switzerland on the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (2009-2015)

During its 68th session on 21 and 22 January 2015, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child discussed the combined second, third and fourth reporting cycles of Switzerland on the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). At the...


11.02.2015
Recommendations by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child to Switzerland

Switzerland is implementing only insufficiently various parts of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography....


30.01.2015
Switzerland campaigns for a Saudi human rights defender

Raif Badawi is a blogger and human rights defender from Saudi Arabia. Last year he was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment, 1,000 lashes and a fine of 1 million Saudi Riyals (more than CHF 270,000), because he had written critical blogs regarding religion...


30.01.2015
Fourth and fifth Swiss follow-up reports on the implementation of CEDAW: 2014 - ?

On 17 December 2014, the Federal Council published the fourth and fifth Swiss follow-up reports on the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) although the fourth report would have been due...


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 achieve compensation and rehabilitation of former victims of indiscriminate compulsory social measures issued by the state some decades ago. Among other measures a fund has been...


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

The declared aim of the Swiss guidelines for human rights defenders is to standardise and enhance the cooperation with foreign human rights defenders. Approximately one year after their publication, the Swiss Centre for Peacebuilding (KOFF) has now...

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