Human Rights News Switzerland

Significantly softened counter-proposal to the Responsible Business Initiative

In April of 2018, the National Council Legal Affairs Committee (LAC-N) decided on the indirect counter-proposal to the Responsible Business Initiative by 14 votes against 10 and 1 abstention. The counter-proposal will be discussed in the National Council...

Suspected police violence in the canton of Vaud: authorities must act

Several people have died during or following an arrest by the police in the canton of Vaud in one year. Authorities have yet to respond. This troubling situation has mobilised civil society. Several organisations have denounced the obvious immunity from...

Nezzar case: the Federal Criminal Court reprimands the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland

On 30 May 2018, the Federal Criminal Court approved the complaints of three alleged victims of torture and arbitrary arrests in the Nezzar case. With this decision, the institutional wrangling between the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG)...

The Federal Council must suspend the free trade negotiations

Thirteen NGOs and two political parties are calling for the Federal Council to suspend the current free trade negotiations with Turkey. Negotiations should only resume when the Turkish government has released all its political prisoners, when the media and...

Weapons instead of human rights: lobbying for wars

Swiss weapons may soon also be used in countries torn by civil wars. The Swiss Federal Council will decide this summer on whether or not it will bow to lobbying from the arms industry and whether it will substantially abolish the War Material Ordinance...

Racial profiling: Federal Supreme Court upholds the judgement in the “Wa Baile” case

On 7 March 2018, the Federal Supreme Court upheld the conviction the Canton of Zurich Supreme Court of Mohamed Wa Baile by. On 5 February 2015, Mr. Wa Baile refused to present his papers during a police check in the main hall of the Zurich main train...

© / MERS - Hallerstr. 23 - CH-3012 Bern - Tel. +41 31 302 01 61