20.08.2014
ICCPR: Fourth periodic reporting process 2014 - ?

The fourth Swiss periodic reporting process on the implementation of the ICCPR has begun. Switzerland has agreed to be to be assessed according to the new simplified reporting procedure for the first time. This means that Switzerland will produce its...


06.08.2014
Model for an independent human rights institution in Switzerland

Model for an independent human rights institution in Switzerland
Up to the present day, Switzerland does not have an independent national human rights institution. On 1 July 2009, the Federal Council decided on the temporary creation of a human rights...


16.07.2014
Swiss resolution on capital punishment before the UN Human Rights Council

Death penalty always involves human rights violations no matter in what way it is applied. This is one of the key messages of the resolution which Switzerland and seven further states successfully presented to the UN Human Rights Council at the end of...


09.07.2014
What is the value of Swiss guidelines for human rights defenders?

The Swiss guidelines are a first step towards better protection of human rights defenders. However, they are of little value as long as the Swiss embassies abroad are not conscious of their key function in the protection of human rights defenders. This is...


11.06.2014
Nazi salute not prosecutable as a sign of political conviction

In its judgement of 28 April 2014 the Swiss Federal Supreme Court drew a fine line between the punishable and not punishable use of the Nazi salute. Showing a Nazi salute in public is not punishable according to Art 261bis SCC (Swiss Criminal Code) if it...

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