Human Rights News Switzerland

Web platform provides information on female genital mutilation

In Switzerland, around 14,700 women and girls are affected by or threatened with female genital mutilation (FGM). They have a right to protection and support. For the first time, a nationwide Swiss platform is providing key information for those affected...

NGO reports handed in on the third Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Switzerland

The deadline for civil society reports was 30 March 2017 and the third cycle of monitoring the human rights situation in Switzerland as part of the UPR procedure of the UN Human Rights Council has started. Report by the NGO Platform Human Rights A...

Compulsory social measures: the long way to rehabilitation

In 2014, the victims of compulsory social measures successfully launched a popular initiative focusing on rehabilitation. In early December 2015, the Federal Council passed a counter-proposal to this initiative which was accepted by both chambers of Swiss...

Federal Office of Justice grants extradition to Spain despite reasonable suspicion of torture

On 23 March 2017, the Federal Office of Justice granted the extradition of Nekane Txapartegi to Spain. The Basque woman had been sentenced to several years in prison, which she escaped by flight to Switzerland where she has been living since 2009. In 2016,...

Harassment of rejected asylum seekers at the cost of human dignity

Since the summer of 2016, the canton of Zurich has been tougher on rejected asylum seekers receiving emergency aid. It has issued numerous restriction orders, which are binding obligations that only allow the rejected asylum seekers to move freely within...

Equal rights for disabled persons limited in many areas

Even 13 years after the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) came into force many people with disabilities still do not have equal rights. Recent studies show they experience major drawbacks in the labour market, in education and in housing. The federal...

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