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 Schutzfaktor M launched the “Show the Red Card” campaign on social media channels. In a press release, Schutzfaktor M warns that the initiative may try to terminate the ECHR. Operation Libero also started a campaign against the "breach of contract initiative". And the "Dringender Aufruf" committee around Peter Studer started a fitting video spot and a declaration.
- Aktiv werden und rote Karte zeigen
Campaign by Schutzfaktor M
- Grosse NGO-Koalition zeigt der Anti-Menschenrechtsinitiative die rote Karte
Press release by Schutzfaktor M, 12 August 2016
- An attack on human rights or strengthening democracy?
Article on swissinfo.ch, 12 August 2016
- Die SVP will die Schweiz zur Vertragsbrecherin machen
Campaign by Operation Libero
- Menschenrechte abschaffen? Nie!
Video spot und declaration by «Dringender Aufruf»
- SVP reicht Selbstbestimmungsinitiative ein
Article on Tages-Anzeiger online, 12 August 2016
- Medienberichterstattung zur Einreichung der Selbstbestimmungsinitiative
Dokumentation by Schutzfaktor M
Schutzfaktor M’s arguments
Even before the SVP had submitted its people’s initiative “Swiss law instead of foreign judges”, the association Dialog EMRK (Dialogue ECHR) campaigned against the Anti Human Rights Initiative. At a meeting with experts and members of parliament on 13 June 2016, Dialog EMRK presented a set of arguments against the initiative. In addition, the Swiss think tank on foreign policy Foraus submitted a brief analysis.
Both papers conclude that the SVP initiative will undermine basic and human rights, that it is inherently contradictory and that it provides more legal uncertainty than clarity.
10 reasons not to support the Anti Human Rights Initiative
Schutzfaktor M has compiled a list of ten good reasons to fight against this self-determination initiative. It is possible that the initiative would result in the termination of the European Convention on Human Rights, even though the ECHR is an essential pillar of Swiss law, not a “foreign law.” Moreoever, the SVP initiative provides a false picture of international law, since international law is not opposed to Swiss national sovereignty but instead guarantees it. By adopting this initiative, Swiss voters would hamper Switzerland in international politics.
- 10 Gründe, warum die Volksinitiative «Schweizer Recht statt fremde Richter» der Schweiz schadet
Set of arguments by Schutzfaktor M, (pdf, 10 pages in German)
- “Swiss law instead of foreign judges” initiative
Article on the foraus website, May 2016 (in German)
- Die Anti-Menschenrechtsinitiative schadet der Schweiz
Press release by Schutzfaktor M, 13 June 2016 (pdf, 1 page in German)
- Die SVP will die Schweiz zur Vertragsbrecherin machen. Ohne uns: Die Schweiz hält Wort
Operation Libero campaign website
Schutzfaktor M has compiled documents with additional relevant information. For example, they rectify and provide factual clarification on particular ECHR court rulings which the SVP considers “scandalous and revolting judgements decided on in Strasbourg.” The documents also include presentations held during the briefing on 13 June 2016 by Mark Villiger, Heinrich Koller, Niccolo Raselli and Cristina Gaggini as well as the policy brief by Foraus.
- Documentation on the Anti Human Rights Initiative
By Schutzfaktor M (in German)