Optional Protocols to Pact II: Implementation in Switzerland


Implementation of the First Optional Protocol to the ICCPR

Switzerland has not, to this day, ratified the First Optional Protocol  to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR-OP1) of 16 December 1966. It gives the Human Rights Committee (HRC) competence to examine individual complaints with regard to alleged violations of the Covenant by States parties to the Protocol. In the Federal Council report planning the 1999-2003 legislation, the will to submit a message for the ratification of this Protocol to the Parliament is clearly stated. However, this objective is not mentioned in the report planning the 2003-2007 legislation.

The body that monitors the implementation of the ICCPR is the Human Rights Committee.


Switzerland has not, to this day, ratified the First Optional Protocol  to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR-OP1) of 16 December 1966. It gives the Human Rights Committee (HRC) competence to examine individual complaints with regard to alleged violations of the Covenant by States parties to the Protocol. In the Federal Council report planning the 1999-2003 legislation, the will to submit a message for the ratification of this Protocol to the Parliament is clearly stated. However, this objective is not mentioned in the report planning the 2003-2007 legislation.

The body that monitors the implementation of the ICCPR is the Human Rights Committee.



Second Optional Protocol to the ICCPR: abolition of death penalty

Adopted on 15 December 1989
Entry into force on 11 July 1991
Ratified by 81 States (as at 26 May 2014; current count)

For Switzerland:
SR 0.103.22 (AS / RO 1994 2201)
Ratified on 16 July 1994
Entry into force on 16 September 1994
Dispatch of 3 February 1993: BBI 1993 I 995 (in German) / FF 1993 I 943 (in French)

Official Text

Text: English / French / German / Italian

This treaty could be ratified by Switzerland on 16 June 1994, after the Parliament abolished death penalty in the military penal law.


Adopted on 15 December 1989
Entry into force on 11 July 1991
Ratified by 81 States (as at 26 May 2014; current count)

For Switzerland:
SR 0.103.22 (AS / RO 1994 2201)
Ratified on 16 July 1994
Entry into force on 16 September 1994
Dispatch of 3 February 1993: BBI 1993 I 995 (in German) / FF 1993 I 943 (in French)

Official Text

Text: English / French / German / Italian

This treaty could be ratified by Switzerland on 16 June 1994, after the Parliament abolished death penalty in the military penal law.


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