Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities - Implementation in Switzerland
Adopted on 13 December 2006
Entry into force on 3 May 2008
Ratified by 147 States (as at 2 June 2014; current count)
About the Convention
- General information on the CRPD
- General information on the Optional Protocol
Switzerland has not ratified the Optional Protocol of the Convention, which provides for an individual complaint process and allows the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to initiate an investigation. The Federal Council does not envisage the ratification of the Optional Protocol, before Switzerland has gained some experience with the periodic reports and the practice of the Committee. Furthermore, Switzerland does not ratify the Optional Protocol, since the Federal Council does not consider justiciable the economic, social and cultural rights guaranteed by the Convention.
Reports by Switzerland
By ratifying the Convention, Switzerland has entered the obligation to submit to the Committee a first comprehensive report on measures taken to give effect to its obligations under the Convention and on the progress made in that regard, within two years after the entry into force of the Convention in Switzerland (art. 35 Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities). Thereafter, Switzerland shall submit subsequent reports every four years.
The so-called initial report was passed by the Federal Council on 29 June 2016. At the same time, the Federal Council announced that it would prepare a report on policies regarding disabilities which shall contain suggestions on how existing measures on a Confederation and cantonal level can be better coordinated, in order to improve the equality of people with disabilities in key areas such as education or work. On 16 June 2017, Inclusion Handicap submitted its shadow report to the Committee.
On 23 September 2019, the Committee published a list of questions to the Swiss government, which must be answered by 8 June 2020. The constructive dialogue between the Swiss government and the Committee will take place between 17 August and 11 September 2020.
- Erster Bericht der Schweizer Regierung über die Umsetzung des Übereinkommens über die Rechte der Menschen mit Behinderungen
Initial report by the Federal Council, 29 June 2016 (pdf, 67 pages in German)
- Rechte der Menschen mit Behinderungen: Erster Bericht der Schweiz an die UNO
Press release by the Confederation on the initial report, 29 June 2016 (in German)
- Bericht der Zivilgesellschaft anlässlich des ersten Staatenberichtsverfahrens vor dem UN-Ausschuss für die Rechte von Menschen mit Behinderungen
Shadow report by Inclusion Handicap, 16 June 2017 (pdf, 158 S.)
- List of issues in relation to the initial report of Switzerland
Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, 23 September 2019 (English, pdf, 7 p.)
- Federal Administration:
Dr. iur. Andreas Rieder, Federal Bureau for the Equality of People with Disabilities
Tel. 031 322 82 36, E-mail