Human Rights News Switzerland

08.11.2017
Third UPR review of Switzerland: civil society is vigilant

On 9 November 2017, the UN Human Rights Council conducted its third assessment of human rights in Switzerland. The Swiss NGO Platform Human Rights expects the member states to set out clear recommendations on how to improve human rights protections in...

08.11.2017
Racial discrimination in Switzerland: 2016 report by the Service for Combating Racism

In October of 2017, the Service for Combating Racism (SCRA) published its third comprehensive report on racial discrimination in Switzerland. The report is part of a long-term study on the tendencies of racial events and attitudes on an empirical level, as...

01.11.2017
Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights’ report on Switzerland

Nils Muižnieks, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, made one of his periodic country visits to Switzerland from 22 May to 24 May 2017. In a press release on 30 May 2017, Muižnieks initially pointed out Switzerland’s shortcomings in...

25.10.2017
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...

11.10.2017
No to the Self-Determination Initiative, yes to human rights

The Self-Determination Initiative launched by the Swiss People’s Party (SVP) in August of 2016 will probably be voted on in autumn/winter of 2018. The authors of the initiative want the Federal Constitution to state that constitutional law takes...

13.09.2017
The Responsible Business Initiative in brief

Legal protection for people and the environment has not kept pace with economic globalisation. There are deplorable working conditions in clothing factories in Asia and in Eastern Europe, child labour in cocoa production plants in West Africa and deadly...

06.09.2017
Draft act for a national human rights institution: humanrights.ch statement

On 28 June 2017, the Federal Council submitted a draft bill for consultation that will serve as a basis for the establishment of a national human rights institution (NHRI). This bill governs repeating basic funding and regulates sponsorship and...

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