Human Rights News Switzerland

End of the UPR Review: NGO Platform Human Rights Switzerland delivers a mixed assessment

The third Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Switzerland was conducted on 15 March 2018, during the UN Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva. More than 100 states gave a total of 251 recommendations on the human rights situation in Switzerland. The...

Switzerland to vote on transparency in party financing

Political parties are spending more and more money to influence people’s opinions. But the parties are mostly silent on the identities of their donors and the size of their budgets. Switzerland is one of the only countries in Europe to have such a...

UPR on Switzerland: the Federal Council has decided on the open recommendations

Following the UN Human Rights Council’s third Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the human rights situation in Switzerland, which took place in Geneva on 9 November 2017, the Federal Council announced on 21 February 2018, which of the 63...

Stateless persons in Switzerland

Switzerland has at yet been relatively untouched by the phenomenon of statelessness. There are comparatively few stateless people currently living in Switzerland. According to current data provided by the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM), 471 people...

Popular initiative on the burqa ban

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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