Ratifications / Reservations

In this section you will find news on the ratification of international human rights agreements and on the withdrawal of existing reservations about international human rights conventions by Switzerland.

Plase note that the articles on agreement ratifications and withdrawals that can be clearly assigned to a category , such as e.g. racism, vulnerable groups, gender, etc., can be found under the respective heading in our Human Rights in Internal Affairs chapter. The following category is mainly about the ICCPR II and the ECHR.

Switzerland ratifies the Istanbul Convention

In its special session in May 2017, the National Council followed the Council of States and ratified the 2011 Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, commonly referred to as the Istanbul...

Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance enters into force

On 2 December 2016, Switzerland ratified the UN International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance. The Federal Council approved the Ordinance to the Federal Act on the UN Convention for the Protection of All...

Protection of domestic workers: ILO Convention No. 189 enters into force in Switzerland

The ILO convention concerning decent work for domestic workers protects the minimum rights of employees in private households. More than 50 million persons work as domestic workers around the world, 83 percent of whom are women. So far 22 countries...

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