22.04.2015
Responsible Business Initiative: global business calls for global responsibility

Legal protection of humans and environment has not kept up with globalisation. Proof therefore are for example the catastrophic work conditions in clothing factories in Asia or Eastern Europe, abusive child labour in cocoa production in Western Africa or...


19.04.2015
Federal Council report on human rights foreign policy 2011-2014

On 14 January 2015 the Federal Council adopted the foreign policy report for 2014 which contains the «Report on Swiss human rights foreign policy: summary 2011 – 2014 and perspectives» as an annex. The report by the Federal Department of...


18.03.2015
Implementation of the expulsion initiative includes hardship clause

In its decision on the implementation of the expulsion initiative, the National Council changes to the position of the Council of States. With the inclusion of a hardship clause it voted for a more moderate strategy which complies with the tried and...


11.03.2015
For our rights, against the Swiss People's Party initiative

On 10 March 2015, the Swiss People's Party (SVP) officially launched the collection of signatures for their popular initiative against international law. Civil society and political parties oppose this attempt to weaken the role of human rights in...


27.02.2015
Azerbaijan: Human rights defender takes refuge in Swiss embassy

In the past Emin Huseynov has repeatedly stood up for freedom of expression and the right to protest peacefully. In summer 2014, the pressure on the dedicated human rights defender increased in the course of a hardening of the political regime of President...


18.02.2015
Expulsion to Iran: Switzerland has repeatedly violated the non-refoulement principle

During its 52nd and 53rd sessions respectively in May and November 2014, the UN Committee against Torture (CAT) dealt with five pending cases of refoulement to Iran by Switzerland. In all five cases, the CAT affirmed a violation of Art.3 of the UN...


11.02.2015
Second reporting cycle on Switzerland on the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (2009-2015)

During its 68th session on 21 and 22 January 2015, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child discussed the combined second, third and fourth reporting cycles of Switzerland on the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). At the...


11.02.2015
Recommendations by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child to Switzerland

Switzerland is insufficiently implementing various parts of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography. The...

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