Deprivation of liberty

In this section you find news on the issue of depriavation of liberty, in particular news concerning the popular initiative on detention without review.



15.02.2017
Humanrights.ch provides independent counselling services for prisoners and their relatives

Prisoners in Switzerland currently have no access to free confidential legal advice from independent specialists. The only way to get counselling is...


02.11.2016
Fundamentals on administrative detention of foreigners

Migratory pressure challenges Switzerland as it does many other European countries. For a long time, legislative measures have been trying to enforce...


18.05.2016
Prison overcrowding in Champ-Dollon: Federal Supreme Court judgements and an alarming medical study

For many years, severe and continued overcrowding has been the norm in the prison of Champ-Dollon in Geneva. On 21 March 2016, the Federal Supreme...


03.09.2014
The Benaissa case and the regime of detention pending trial in Switzerland

The Canadian national Riahd Benaissa was kept in custody in the regional prison of Bern for over 2 years. Now, the former Vice President of a Canadian...


23.04.2013
Hunger strike in the penal system: some cantons change their policy

How should the justice system deal with prisoners who want to win their freedom by means of a hunger strike? Some years ago, the Bernard Rappaz case...


02.09.2010
Human rights issues in the Swiss penal system

The close relationship between persons in custody and the authorities can give rise to an increased risk for the violation of human rights. The...


18.12.2008
Guide for families of detainees in French-speaking Switzerland

The association Carrefour Prison published in December 2008 a guide in French addressed to the families of detainees held in prisons standing on the...


29.01.2008
Indefinite detention without review possible

On 18 December 2007 the Federal Councils voted with 128 to 59 in favour of the people's initiative on «life sentences for highly dangerous...


18.05.2007
Unacceptable conditions of detention for minors

Most of the young offenders arrested in Switzerland are not treated differently than adults. This is what shows a study by the Federal Office of...


10.05.2007
Rights of prisoners not respected in Champ-Dollon

In a report presented on 19 April 2007, a group of experts criticised the use of excessive police force, insufficient conditions of detention and...

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