Rights of persons with disabilities



08.03.2017
Equal rights for disabled persons limited in many areas

Even 13 years after the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) came into force many people with disabilities still do not have equal rights. Recent studies show they experience major drawbacks in the labour market, in education and in housing. The...


23.04.2014
Swiss parliament adopts the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

On 15 April 2014 Switzerland ratified the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as 144th signatory state. It enters into force in Switzerland in mid-May. The organizations of persons with disabilities welcome this move. The...


11.12.2013
Swiss parliament adopts the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

On 26 November 2013, the Council of States - the second chamber of Parliament - ratified the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities with a clear majority of 32 against 3 votes and 3 abstentions. The National Council had already...


18.01.2012
Equality of disabled persons: Federal Office of Civil Aviation convicts easyJet

In its decision of December 2011, the Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) convicted the Swiss subsidiary of easyJet because of its practice towards disabled passengers in wheelchairs. Up to now the airline only transported wheelchair users if...


03.12.2009
The Federal Act on Equal Rights for People with Disabilities turns 5

Equal rights for people with disabilities have advanced on several fronts in the past five years. Both representatives of the federal administration and of organizations active in the support to people with disabilities agreed on that when they...


03.11.2008
Discrimination: no Swiss passport for a mentally disabled child

A municipality in Canton Zug refused to naturalise a young boy because of his mental disability. According the an article published in the « Tages Anzeiger » on 30 October 2008, the municipal authorities justified this decision by...


09.10.2008
Human rights in sign language

Humanrights.ch offers a news type of service for the Swiss-German deaf community: human rights presented in sign languages. The section proposes key documents on human rights and their implementation in Switzerland. The project was supported by the...


15.01.2008
Strong arguments in favour of a ratification of the UN convention for persons with disabilities

Switzerland should sign and start the ratifying process of the UN Convention on persons with disabilities as well as the Optional protocol, demands the head organisation of  private help for persons with disabilities (DOK), the Council for...


21.06.2007
Revision of the disability insurance scheme: benefits cuts

The fifth revision of the Federal Disability Insurance scheme was accepted in a nationwide ballot on 17 June 2007. Nearly 60 per cent of voters came out in favour of annual spending cuts of about CHF 500 million and a reduction by 20 per cent in...

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