Human Rights News Switzerland

Civil defence shelters as accommodation for asylum seekers: living in a bunker

«I’ve landed in a bunker, as if somebody had pushed me in. I had no choice. I could not live on the street nor could I go abroad, since that would have had a negative effect on my asylum procedure. I just had no possibility to refuse»....

2013 UPR recommendations: status of implementation and priorities

In March 2013, the UN Human Rights Council adopted 99 recommendations from the 2nd Universal Periodic Review of Switzerland after they had been accepted by the Federal Council. Ever since, various federal agencies have been involved in editing the...

Emergency aid – how much longer?

In early July 2015, a man committed suicide in the Ibach temporary accommodation for refugees in the city of Lucerne. He had come to Switzerland twelve years earlier and, after a refused request for asylum, he had lived off emergency aid for the most time... / MERS - Hallerstr. 23 - CH-3012 Bern - Tel. +41 31 302 01 61