Human Rights News Switzerland

Institutional discrimination in the new Citizenship Act

On 17 June 2016, the Federal Council passed an ordinance to revise the citizenship act and put the new naturalisation act into force on 1 January 2018. The act was adopted by parliament on 20 June 2014. The new ordinance on Swiss citizenship is more...

Suspected human trafficking in asylum proceedings – reprimand from the Federal Administrative Court

If human trafficking is suspected in an asylum procedure, the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) must take action on its own initiative. This detailed and pioneering decision was published the Federal Administrative Court. The cruel practice of...

The Committee for the Prevention of Torture presents its report on Switzerland

Between 13 and 24 April 2015, the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT)  visited various detention facilities in Switzerland for the seventh time. This time, the experts were taken to the cantons of Bern, Aargau,...

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...

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