Popular Initiatives vs. International Law

In this section you find articles concerning the conflict between direct democracy and international law, particularly between certain citizens' initiatives and human rights obligations.

SVP Anti Human Rights Initiative submitted

On 12 August 2016 the Swiss People’s Party (SVP) handed in the signatures collected for its people’s initiative, “Swiss law instead of foreign judges” at the Federal Chancellery in Bern. For this occasion, the NGO coalition Schutzfaktor M launched the “Show the Red...

For our rights, against the Swiss People's Party initiative

On 10 March 2015, the Swiss People's Party (SVP) officially launched the collection of signatures for their popular initiative against international law. Civil society and political parties oppose this attempt to weaken the role of human rights in Switzerland with arguments and appeals. All...

10 December: Manifold support for human rights in Switzerland

In view of the Swiss People’s Party (SVP) attack on the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) it is encouraging to see how much support the ECHR and international human rights in general get from political parties, aid organisations and NGOs who organised an information campaign. Joint...

Swiss People's Party initiative: misleading bill weakens protection of fundamental rights in Switzerland

At their meeting in Rothenthurm on 25 October 2014 the 410 delegates of the Swiss People’s Party (SVP) unanimously voted for the launch of the new popular initiative «On the Implementation of Ballots – Swiss Law precedes Foreign Law» . Humanrights.ch has issued a media...

National law vs. human rights: partial implementation of the ECHR is not possible!

Can Swiss national law prime over international human rights? This question was at the centre of a press conference organised by the working group «Dialogue ECHR» of the NGO platform Human Rights. The answer was provided by a study carried out by the Swiss Centre of Expertise in Human...

Terminate the ECHR? The Federal Council opposes decidedly

The termination of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) by Switzerland is out of question. In its reply to the parliamentary submission by the Swiss People’s Party (SVP), the Federal Council reiterated Switzerland's commitment to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) and its...

Parliament redefines the right to launch a popular initiative

Popular initiatives launched on a federal level will have to undergo stricter checks, the Council of States decided on 29 February 2012 as the second parliamentary chamber. It mandated the Federal Council to draw up a proposal and to define new reasons for the invalidity of popular initiatives. The...

National law vs. international law: report by the Federal Council

On 31 March 2011, the Federal Council published the long-awaited additional report on the relationship between national and international law in which it suggests a preliminary examination of the content of initiatives by the Federal Office of Justice. In addition, it advocates a broadening of...

Direct democracy and human rights: the Solothurn Convention

Around 200 persons from throughout Switzerland participated in a meeting at the Solothurn Landhaus on 29 May 2010 where they worked out the so-called «Solothurn Convention», which includes 14 strategies for improving basic and human rights in Switzerland. A particular focus of this...

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