Bilateral Human Rights Policy

In this section you will find news concerning the bilateral human rights policy of Switzerland, for example human rights dialogues or political proceedings.

The first article contains an introduction to the instruments of bilateral human rights policy.

Switzerland campaigns for a Saudi human rights defender

Raif Badawi is a blogger and human rights defender from Saudi Arabia. Last year he was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment, 1,000 lashes and a fine of 1 million Saudi Riyals (more than CHF 270,000),...

End of bilateral human rights dialogues

According to a media release of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Switzerland will no longer continue to lead bilateral human rights discussions on an isolated level. Instead, human rights...

Overview of Swiss human rights dialogues

Today, Switzerland leads human rights dialogues and consultations with a number of nations, namely Iran, China, Vietnam, Cuba, Russia, Indonesia and Tajikistan. Controversial dialogue with Iran The...

Introduction: Instruments of bilateral human rights policy

Bilateral diplomatic relations between states are handled through several channels, which have evolved over centuries. They are conducted through contacts between an ambassador or chargé...

Human Rights Dialogue with Vietnam

Like Australia, Norway and the US, Switzerland conducts a Human Rights Dialogue with Vietnam. After two rounds of dialogue during the nineties the dialogue was reestablished in 2005, and in May...

Switzerland says death penalty isn’t acceptable, not even for Saddam Hussein

Switzerland disapproves of the death penalty against former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein and two other defendants handed down by the special tribunal in Baghdad on 5 November 2006. «For...

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