Children's Rights / Children's Policy

In this section you find news concerning children's rights issues and Swiss policy concerning families and children.



23.08.2017
Corporal punishment – Switzerland opposes a ban

Art. 11 of the Swiss Federal Constitution states that children have the right to special protection of their integrity. This requirement is supported by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child...


31.05.2017
Child labour – the responsibility of Swiss companies

Occasionally cases surface in which Swiss corporations are involved in child labour. Recently, the LafargeHolcim Group, was found to be working with companies from Uganda that employ children. A...


11.02.2016
Child poverty in Switzerland: the Confederation's responsibility

Around 250,000 parents and children in Switzerland live in poverty. These families lack healthy meals, clothing adapted to the season and they suffer from dangerous living conditions. What is...


11.02.2015
Recommendations by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child to Switzerland

Switzerland is insufficiently implementing various parts of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of...


23.04.2014
NGO report on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child sees urgent need for action

In June 2014 Switzerland will be examined by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child for the second time. The key issue will be the question as to what authorities should do in order...


25.02.2014
What is the situation of children receiving only emergency aid?

Many of the persons receiving emergency aid after their application for asylum in Switzerland has been refused are under age. Their proportion over the last few years was always around 15 per cent and...


22.08.2012
Circumcision of boys: discussion in Switzerland

The Cologne regional court decided that the circumcision of boys for religious reasons is an offence. The discussion has now been launched in Switzerland, too. As a result of the verdict, the...


25.06.2009
NGO Report in Front of the Committee Requests More Equality for Children within Switzerland

Children are not treated equally in Switzerland. This is the outcome of the second report presented by the Swiss Netwok for the Rights of the Child to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child on 22...


27.05.2009
Residence Permit is OK for the Mother of a Naturalised Child

The Swiss Federal Court allowed a Turkish mother to stay in Switzerland with her naturalised Swiss child after the death of her husband. The child's interest is more important, it...


13.05.2009
Cantons’ Opinion on the European Convention Against Sexual Abuse

The Swiss government wants a better protection of minors against sexual abuses. Therefore, it invites the cantons to give an opinion whether Switzerland should sign or not the new Council of Europe...


18.12.2008
Child Sex Tourism: New Reporting Form Online

Since June 2008, the general public have the possibility of reporting any information regarding child sex tourism cases to the appropriate judicial authorities via Internet. A reporting form was...


27.11.2008
No Child Is Illegal

About thousand children in Switzerland live without residence permits. With this, theirs basic rights are violated, living in the fear of being discovered, socially isolated, in poverty. At the...


25.03.2008
National campaign against FGM

UNICEF Switzerland is leading a national campaign from 6 February to 8 March against the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). Every year, around 3 million girls have had their genitals...


15.01.2008
Switzerland doesn't sign European Convention against sexual exploitation of children

On the 25th of October 2007 23 member states of the Council of Europe (CoE) signed the newly adopted Convention on the Protection of children against sexual exploitation and sexual abuse....


21.11.2007
Criminal procedure against FGM in Switzerland

In November 2007 proceedings were opened concering a case of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the canton of Zurich. It is the first time that such a case has come before a court in Switzerland. The...


30.10.2007
Code of Conduct against Child Sex Tourism

Sex with children as part of the holiday fun? For many tourists, flying to South East Asia, Latin America, Africa or Eastern Europe means they plan to sexually exploit minors. A recent UNICEF study...


12.09.2007
Child poverty in Switzerland: finally a national reaction?

The poverty and social exclusion of children and young people remains a largely “taboo” subject, despite reminders of welfare organisations such as Caritas or Children Lobby Switzerland....


27.03.2007
Convention for the Rights of the Child in Switzerland ratified 10 years ago

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) was ratified by the Swiss Parliament on 26 March 1997. Ten years later, several children’s organisations observe the implementation of the...


01.01.1970
Child abuse prevention campaign "My Body Belongs to Me"

The Swiss Association for the Protection of Children (SAPC) has extended its national child abuse prevention campaign called “My Body Belongs to Me”. With a pilot project launched on 16...

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