Human Rights News Switzerland

14.09.2016
Suspected human trafficking in asylum proceedings – reprimand from the Federal Administrative Court

If human trafficking is suspected in an asylum procedure, the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) must take action on its own initiative. This detailed and pioneering decision was published the Federal Administrative Court. The cruel practice of...

01.09.2016
The Committee for the Prevention of Torture presents its report on Switzerland

Between 13 and 24 April 2015, the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT)  visited various detention facilities in Switzerland for the seventh time. This time, the experts were taken to the cantons of Bern, Aargau,...

24.08.2016
SVP Anti Human Rights Initiative submitted

On 12 August 2016 the Swiss People’s Party (SVP) handed in the signatures collected for its people’s initiative, “Swiss law instead of foreign judges” at the Federal Chancellery in Bern. For this occasion, the NGO coalition...

03.08.2016
Federal Supreme Court principles on custody according to the Dublin procedure

On 2 May 2016, the Federal Supreme Court overturned a decision by the Federal Administrative Court and specified the principles on custody according to the Dublin procedure. A person seeking asylum in a Dublin procedure may not be taken into custody...

27.07.2016
The field is clear for a national human rights institution

NGO Platform Human Rights press release of 29 June 2016
The NGO Platform Human Rights welcomes the Federal Council’s decision to make way for a national human rights institution in Switzerland. Swiss NGOs have been working towards this goal for...

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