Update: 28.10.2019

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)

RS 1.109 (AS 2014 1119)
Ratified on: 15 April 2014
Entry into force: 15 May 2014
Dispatch of 19 December 2012: BBl 2013 661 (in German) / FF 2013 601 (in French)

About the Convention

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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.


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