Cultural and Religious Minorities in Switzerland

In this section you find news that we collected on the issue of cultural and religious minorities and their rights in Switzerland.



23.08.2019
Travellers of Switzerland still suffer from discrimination

The Swiss government released on October 18, 2006 a report about the situation of travelling people in Switzerland. This report is divided in two...


17.01.2018
Popular initiative on the burqa ban: the Federal Council’s counter proposal

The popular initiative “Yes to a ban on full facial coverings” passed narrowly with 105,553 valid signatures on 11 October 2017. The...


01.02.2017
Wearing a hijab is not grounds for dismissal

A company in Switzerland fired a female employee because she started wearing a hijab to work. On 8 September 2016, the District Court Bern-Mittelland...


25.01.2017
No exemption from swimming lessons: ECtHR supports Swiss practice

(Taken from Schutzfaktor M) In its latest decision, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) supported the Federal Supreme Court decision and...


12.08.2010
The complaint against the ban on minarets has been nullified

The complaint against Switzerland because of the ban on minarets in its constitution is void. On 8 July 2011, the European Court of Human Rights...


05.07.2010
Right of Translation in the Health Sector

According to a juridical analysis published by the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) in May 2009 shows, the state is obliged to assure the...


21.12.2009
The anti-minaret initiative contradicts human rights

The Swiss population accepted with more the 57% the popular initiative that introduce a ban on the construction of minarets in Switzerland on 29...


26.02.2009
New African Popular University in Geneva

The new African Popular University (UPAF) was inaugurated in Geneva on 20 February 2009. It is the first education centre of its kind in both...


30.12.2008
Convention for the Protection of Minorities: end of the Second Reporting Cycle for Switzerland

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted on 19 November 2008 its concluding observations and recommendations to Switzerland on...


30.10.2008
Federal Council rejects initiative to ban minarets

The popular initiative against the construction of minarets has been submitted in accordance with the applicable regulations, but infringes guaranteed...


08.04.2008
No exemption from swimming lessons in school

The High Court of Schaffhausen ruled in December 2007 that a request by a Muslim father of two sons (4th and 5th grade) to exempt them from mixed...


05.10.2007
Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples finally adopted

Symbolic victory for the Indigenous Peoples: the General Assembly adopted on 13 September 2007 a landmark declaration outlining the rights of the...


05.06.2007
Synagogue on fire in Geneva

A synagogue in Geneva was badly damaged by a fire on 24 May 2007, but no one was hurt and the main religious objects were removed intact. According...


01.02.2007
Second report by Switzerland on the protection of national minorities

The Federal Council approved the second report prepared by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the implementation of the Council of Europe (CoE)...

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