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Responsible Business Initiative: 140,000 signatures collected

140,000 signatures supporting the Responsible Business Initiative have been collected within 12 months. The referendum requests that companies based in Switzerland do their due diligence in human rights and environmental areas.
The Responsible Business...

Study: Swiss multinationals and human rights

A study by Bread for All and the Swiss Catholic Lenten Fund published on 4 April 2016 revealed some alarming facts: most of the 200 biggest multinationals based in Switzerland do not consider the effect of their international activities on human rights to...

FDFA Human Rights Strategy 2016-2019

For the first time, the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) has a human rights strategy. Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter presented the new strategy at an auxiliary event for the Human Rights Council session in Geneva on 29 February 2016. The...

Bernese Cantonal Court of Appeal confirms verdict against SVP party leaders for racial discrimination

On 14 March 2016 the Bernese Cantonal Court of Appeal confirmed the verdict against Swiss People’s Party (SVP) general secretary Martin Baltisser and his deputy Silvia Bär for violating the anti-racism norm. Both were sentenced to conditional...

A clear no to the enforcement initiative, a distinct yes to the rule of law

On 28 February 2016, 58.9% of Swiss citizens voted against the so-called enforcement initiative launched by the Swiss People's Party (SVP). The extremist popular initiative was given a surprisingly clear rebuff thanks to a widespread and exceptionally...

Child poverty in Switzerland: the Confederation's responsibility

Around 250,000 parents and children in Switzerland live in poverty. These families lack healthy meals, clothing adapted to the season and they suffer from dangerous living conditions. What is particularly problematic is that children and youths from poor...

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