Update: 14.02.2019

International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) - Implementation in Switzerland

Adopted on 16 December 1966
Entry into force on 3 January 1976

For Switzerland:
RS 0.103.1 (RO 1993 727)
Ratified on 18 June 1992
Entry into force on 18 September 1992
Dispatch of 30 January 1991: BBl 1991 I 1189 (in German) / FF 1991 I 1129 (in French) / FF 1991 I 925 (in Italian)

Official Text

Text: English / French / German / Italian

General information on the ICESCR



Optional protocol of 2008

Reporting by Switzerland

So far, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights has conducted two reporting cycles on Switzerland. The first report by Switzerland was examined in 1998. The second report should have been due in 1999, the third in 2004. The Federal Council adopted the second and the third reports by Switzerland in 2008 and forwarded them to the Committee. The Social Committee published its recommendations in November of 2010. In February of 2018, the Federal Council passed its fourth report and has started the third reporting cycle.

Optional protocol

Because of substantive reservations about the suability of Pact I rights, Switzerland has not signed the optional protocol from 10 December 2008, which entered into force on 5 May 2013, regarding an individual complaints procedure.


  • Federal administration:
    Amina Joubli, SECO- International Labour Affairs, Tel. +41 58 464 22 15, E-mail
  • For the NGO report:
    NGO Platform Human Rights
    Léa Winter, FIAN Suisse, Genève, E-Mail
    Michael Lanz, FIAN Schweiz, Zürich, E-Mail

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