Update: 05.05.2014

International Feedback: Legislation against Discrimination

In the following we have chosen some citations on the subject. At the end of each original citation you can find the source with a link to the complete text of the citation.

Universal Periodic Review (UPR)

«Adopt comprehensive anti-discrimination strategies (Egypt)»

Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights CESCR

«The Committee recommends that the State party enforce effectively its laws prohibiting discrimination. It also recommends that the State party consider adopting a comprehensive anti-discrimination law enforced uniformly throughout the Confederation. In this regard, the Committee draws the attention of the State party to its General Comment No. 20 (2008) on non-discrimination in economic, social and cultural rights.»

Committee on the Elimination of Racism CERD

«Introduce an overarching provision in its civil and administrative law prohibiting both direct and indirect racial discrimination in all areas of private and public life, and provide adequate remedies for such discrimination;»


«The Committee invites the State party to adopt a national plan and legislation at all levels of Government against racial discrimination, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance. The State party should devote adequate financial resources for the implementation of the Convention, and ensure that the plan is integrated with other mechanisms for the implementation of human rights in Switzerland.»

Committee on the Rights of the Child CRC

«In light of article 2 and other related articles of the Convention, the Committee recommends that the State party carefully and regularly evaluate existing disparities in the enjoyment by children of their rights and undertake on the basis of that evaluation the necessary steps to prevent and combat discriminatory disparities. It also recommends that the State party strengthen its administrative measures to prevent and eliminate de facto discrimination against foreign children or children belonging to minorities.»

Human Rights Committee CCPR

«The State party should ensure that legislation exists throughout its territory to protect individuals against discrimination in the private field, pursuant to articles 2 and 3 of the Covenant.»

UN Special Rapporteur on Racism

«The Special Rapporteur, having noted the weakness of Swiss administrative and civil legislation regarding protection against discrimination, particularly in the areas ofhousing, employment and access to public places, considers that Swiss legislation in these areas should explicitly incorporate effective anti-discriminatory and anti-racist norms.Swiss law should also provide for legislation for the implementation of anti-racist norms, and provide for compensation or reparation.» 

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