Human Rights News Switzerland

Domestic violence: protection for affected female migrants

According to a July 2018 report by the Federal Council, the hardship ruling on the right of stay of foreign victims of domestic violence has largely proven its worth in cantonal practice. But for years, several NGOs have criticised Switzerland for its...

Detention of children and minors in Switzerland under the law on foreign nationals

In Switzerland, youths between 15 and 18 years of age can be detained under the provisions of the law on foreign nationals. This is specified in the Foreign Nationals Act and according to a report from June 2018 by the National Council Control Committee...

2030 Agenda: Gap between assessment and Swiss country report

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has been in force since January 2016. The adoption of the 2030 Agenda by the UN General Assembly in 2015 was generally perceived as a breakthrough. The Agenda includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),...

Popular initiative on the burqa ban: the Federal Council’s counter proposal

The popular initiative “Yes to a ban on full facial coverings” passed narrowly with 105,553 valid signatures on 11 October 2017. The initiative was launched by the Egerkingen Committee on 15 March 2016. Its aim is to ban religious facial...

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