Federal Office of Justice
Representing Switzerland at ECHR, CAT, CEDAW and CERD
Protection of human rights on the international level


Bundesrain 20
3003 Bern

Contact person

Frank Schürmann
Government Agent ECHR, CAT, CEDAW und CERD
058 462 41 50

Further contacts

Adrian Scheidegger
058 462 47 90

Operating range

  • National

Relevant duties in the context of human rights

  • Representing the Swiss government in proceedings before the European Court of Human Rights and the UN Committee against Torture as well as in Steering and Expert Committees, inter alia, of the Council of Europe
  • Drafting and submitting the periodic reports under Article 40 of the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and Article 19 of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
  • Systematic screening of the compatibility of draft legislation with the standards of international human rights instruments

Main work in the human rights field

  • legal expertise

Issues our organisation works on

  • Torture / inhuman treatment
  • Deprivation of liberty / custody (preventive detention) / penal institutions
  • Freedom of expression / freedom of information
  • National human rights institution / ombudsman
  • Freedom of religion / freedom of thougt and conscience
  • Death penalty
  • Procedural law
  • Freedom of assembly

International Reference


  • Human Rights Committee (HRC)
  • Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)
  • Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women(CEDAW)
  • Committee Against Torture (CAT)

Council of Europe

  • European Court of Human Rights

Publications on human rights issues

  • Concluding observations of the human rights committee of the UN concerning the 3rd periodic report

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