Multilateral Policy




02.11.2015
Switzerland commits itself to the protection of environmentally displaced persons

People who are displaced as a result of natural disasters are should receive better protection internationally. This is the aim of the Nansen Initiative which was launched in Geneva more than a year...


16.07.2014
Swiss resolution on capital punishment before the UN Human Rights Council

Death penalty always involves human rights violations no matter in what way it is applied. This is one of the key messages of the resolution which Switzerland and seven further states successfully...


06.11.2013
Worldwide abolishment of death penalty by 2025: Swiss aims and strategies

The Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) decided on promoting the ambitious long-term objective of abolishing capital punishment by the year 2025. In its 2013-2016 strategy, the Federal...


11.01.2012
National Council calls for a ban on cluster munitions

Against the proposition of its consultative commission, the National Council has accepted a ban on cluster munitions. The bill is now being returned for detailed discussion to the National Council...


03.08.2011
Switzerland objects to Pakistani sharia reservations

As is generally known, every state can make reservations when ratifying an international human rights treaty, which express that the respective country only accepts certain articles of a treaty to a...


16.05.2011
Switzerland calls for better legal protection of people on UN sanction lists

Based on Resolution 1267, the UN member states are under the obligation to fight terror in various ways. Among these rank directed sanctions in the financial sector, travel restrictions as well as an...


03.05.2010
Humanitarian Disaster in Gaza and Swiss Politics

For more than a year now after the violent attacks on the Gaza Strip between December 2008 and January 2009, Israel is still restricting the free movement of people and keeping up its economic...


21.09.2009
Swiss Gesture towards the Closing of Guantanamo?

As interdepartmental and inter-cantonal delegation of Swiss officials visited the US detention centre at Guantanamo Bay in August 2009. Justice ministry spokesman confirmed the visit which aim was to...


03.12.2008
Prohibition of Cluster Bombs: Switzerland Signed the International Treaty

On 3 December 2008, Switzerland signed the international Convention on Cluster Munitions in Olso. In a statement, Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey described the Convention as an important...


18.07.2008
Swiss Cooperation with International Tribunals Extended

The Parliament voted in favour of the extension of the juridical basis, which will enable Switzerland to continue its cooperation with international tribunals until 31 December 2013. This is what the...

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