Human Rights News Switzerland

05.04.2017
Federal Office of Justice grants extradition to Spain despite reasonable suspicion of torture

On 23 March 2017, the Federal Office of Justice granted the extradition of Nekane Txapartegi to Spain. The Basque woman had been sentenced to several years in prison, which she escaped by flight to Switzerland where she has been living since 2009. In 2016,...

22.03.2017
Harassment of rejected asylum seekers at the cost of human dignity

Since the summer of 2016, the canton of Zurich has been tougher on rejected asylum seekers receiving emergency aid. It has issued numerous restriction orders, which are binding obligations that only allow the rejected asylum seekers to move freely within...

08.03.2017
Equal rights for disabled persons limited in many areas

Even 13 years after the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) came into force many people with disabilities still do not have equal rights. Recent studies show they experience major drawbacks in the labour market, in education and in housing. The federal...

15.02.2017
Humanrights.ch provides independent counselling services for prisoners and their families

Prisoners in Switzerland currently have no access to free confidential legal advice from independent specialists. The only way to get counselling is by hiring a lawyer. Association humanrights.ch is now offering free counselling services for prisoners and...

01.02.2017
Wearing a hijab is not grounds for dismissal

A company in Switzerland fired a female employee because she started wearing a hijab to work. On 8 September 2016, the District Court Bern-Mittelland ruled this constituted wrongful termination. Since rulings on the subject of hijabs are rare, this could...

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