Abolition of Torture and Inhuman Treatment

In this section you find news concerning the politicial discourse on issues such as torture and inhuman treatment in Switzerland.



05.04.2017
Federal Office of Justice grants extradition to Spain despite reasonable suspicion of torture

On 23 March 2017, the Federal Office of Justice granted the extradition of Nekane Txapartegi to Spain. The Basque woman had been sentenced to several...


01.09.2016
The Committee for the Prevention of Torture presents its report on Switzerland

Between 13 and 24 April 2015, the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT)  visited various detention facilities...


26.08.2015
New recommendations from the UN Committee against Torture for Switzerland

The Committee against Torture has proposed the inclusion of an explicit ban on torture and on inhuman and degrading treatment in Switzerland’s...


14.11.2012
Response of the Swiss Government to the CPT report on Switzerland

In the cantons of Geneva and Vaud policemen have repeatedly applied excessive force. In addition, conditions in the Geneva prison Champ-Dollon should...


14.12.2011
Deportation flights: National Commission for the Prevention of Torture voices criticism

Special deportation flights for foreigners resisting an extradition are mainly performed to African countries. Between October 2010 and July 2011,...


17.01.2011
First report by the National Commission for the Prevention of Torture

The National Commission for the Prevention of Torture (NCPT) has published its first findings which relate to the visits of Commission members to...


04.05.2010
Recommendations by the UN CAT to Switzerland

As was to be expected, the UN Commission Against Torture has critisised Switzerland because of violent measures during forced repatriation,...


29.09.2009
Switzerland ratifies OPCAT and establishes a National Commission

Almost seven years after its adoption and more than three years after it entered into force, Switzerland finally ratified the Optional Protocol to the...


02.03.2009
Parliament gives green light for the ratification of OPCAT

On 20 March 2009, both chambers of the Parliament agreed to the ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT) in a...


13.11.2008
Swiss prisons reviewed by CPT: report published

The great majority of the persons detained in Switzerland are treated correctly – but the Geneva police force is heavily criticised for their...


01.07.2008
Extradition with 'diplomatic assurances' of Russian businessman

After Russia guaranteed to lead a trial in respect of human rights, Switzerland has extradited a Russian businessman accused of fraud and money...


22.01.2008
Diplomatic assurances: an appropriate instrument?

Diplomatic assurances are written guarantees issued by receiving States that the extradited individuals will be treated humanely. With these...


05.09.2006
The Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment comes into effect without Switzerland

After the ratification by the twentieth state, the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading...

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