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

Up to the present day, Switzerland does not have an independent national human rights institution. On 1 July 2009 the Federal Council decided to create, on a temporary basis, a human rights service centre with contact points at various Swissuniversities....


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...

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