Human Rights News Switzerland

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...

25.01.2017
No exemption from swimming lessons: ECtHR supports Swiss practice

(Taken from Schutzfaktor M) In its latest decision, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) supported the Federal Supreme Court decision and decided that requiring two Muslim girls to take swimming lessons at school interfered with their right to...

18.01.2017
Critical feedback on the Swiss National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights

On 9 December 2016, the Federal Council passed a national action plan (NAP) to implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The report met the demands of the postulate “Eine Ruggie-Strategie für die Schweiz (A Ruggie...

11.01.2017
Racial profiling: police see no need for action

On 1 December 2016, the Swiss Centre of Expertise in Human Rights (SCHR) held a symposium on the discriminatory identity checks. The keynote speakers were Markus Mohler (an expert in police law), Claudia Kaufmann (Ombudswoman of the city of Zurich), Marc...

04.01.2017
Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance enters into force

On 2 December 2016, Switzerland ratified the UN International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance. The Federal Council approved the Ordinance to the Federal Act on the UN Convention for the Protection of All Persons...

14.12.2016
The CEDAW Committee calls for more systematic Swiss action

On 18 November 2016, the CEDAW Committee published its criticism of and suggestions for Swiss gender equality efforts. It recommends reinforcing the existing equality institutions so they can more effectively further gender equality. Switzerland has been...

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