Update: 05.05.2014

International feedback: Travellers

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)

«Continue its policy to improve the lives of certain categories of persons belonging to minorities, such as the “travellers” (Burundi);»

Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights CESCR

«The Committee recommends that the State party take concrete measures to promote the culture and way of life of the Roma, Sinti and Yeniche and to encourage the cantons to establish an adequate number of long-term and short-term caravan sites. The Committee draws the attention of the State party to its General Comment Number 20 (2008) on non-discrimination, and General Comment 21 (2009) on the right to take part in cultural life.»

European Committee on Minorities

«There is scope for improvement in order to make it possible for Travellers to develop the essential elements of their identity. With a view to remedying the main difficulties these persons are faced with, in particular the lack of stopping places and transit sites, further measures, notably legislative ones, should be taken by the authorities. Furthermore, participation mechanisms for Travellers should be strengthened.»

Committee on the Elimination of Racism CERD

«The Committee is also concerned about the situation of Travellers, including Roma and Jenish, in Switzerland and hopes that efforts will continue to be made to improve their living and working conditions.»

European Commission against Racism and Intolerance ECRI

«ECRI recommends that the authorities take further steps to ensure that sufficient permanent and transit sites be provided across Switzerland for members of the travelling communities. In particular, it is important that the needs of this population are taken into account during the plannig stage of zone development, respecting the principle that developments should not lead to the separation of travellers from the majority population through the creation of "ghetto" areas.»

 European Human Rights Commissioner

«Travellers - allow, in regional planning programmes and decisions, for the special needs and traditions of travellers, and attempt to provide them with more long-term and short-term camp-sites in all parts of Switzerland.»

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