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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...

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...

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...

National law vs. human rights: partial implementation of the ECHR is not possible!

Can Swiss national law prime over international human rights? This question was at the centre of a press conference organised by the working group «Dialogue ECHR» of the NGO platform Human Rights. The answer was provided by a study carried out...

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