Human Rights News Switzerland

Racial profiling: police see no need for action

On 1 December 2016, the Swiss Centre of Expertise in Human Rights (SCHR) held a symposium on the discriminatory identity checks. The keynote speakers were Markus Mohler (an expert in police law), Claudia Kaufmann (Ombudswoman of the city of Zurich), Marc...

Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance enters into force

On 2 December 2016, Switzerland ratified the UN International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance. The Federal Council approved the Ordinance to the Federal Act on the UN Convention for the Protection of All Persons...

The CEDAW Committee calls for more systematic Swiss action

On 18 November 2016, the CEDAW Committee published its criticism of and suggestions for Swiss gender equality efforts. It recommends reinforcing the existing equality institutions so they can more effectively further gender equality. Switzerland has been...

When will Switzerland increase protection against abusive dismissal?

Between 30 May and 11 June 2016 the 105th ILO Conference took place in Geneva. Once again the ILO Committee of Experts reprimanded Switzerland for its insufficient protection against the dismissal of employees. Switzerland has been in a political deadlock...

Fundamentals on administrative detention of foreigners

Migratory pressure challenges Switzerland as it does many other European countries. For a long time, legislative measures have been trying to enforce the compulsory expulsion of foreigners if they do not leave the country when they are required to. The...

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