Human Rights News Switzerland

Prison overcrowding in Champ-Dollon: Federal Supreme Court judgements and an alarming medical study

For many years, severe and continued overcrowding has been the norm in the prison of Champ-Dollon in Geneva. On 21 March 2016, the Federal Supreme Court found that detention standards in the biggest prison in Geneva violate Article 3 of the European...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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