Human Rights News Switzerland

The geographical restriction of rejected asylum seekers is commensurate

The Federal Supreme Court sees restricting a rejected Ethiopian asylum seeker as a legitimate way to impel him to return to his home country. This applies irrespective of the fact that forced repatriation is impossible because returning to Ethiopia...

Stateless children: a status contradicting children’s rights

Stateless children are often labelled as “invisible” children since they do not appear in any official documents. Their lack of citizenship is the origin of a variety of discrimination. These children have no access to medical care, education...

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...

Fighting forced marriage in Switzerland

For years, Switzerland has been trying combat forced marriages with a mix of legal and preventive measures. Forced marriage is a clear violation of human rights. So why is Switzerland severely cutting back its funding to fight against forced marriage in...

Rights of stateless citizens: recommendations for Switzerland

On 9 November 2017, the UN Human Rights Council examined the state of human rights in Switzerland for the third time as part of the Universal Periodic Review. Together with the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion, the European Network on Statelessness...

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