Update: 24.06.2019

International Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (ICAT) - implementation in Switzerland

Adopted on 10 December 1984
Entry into force on 26 Juin 1987
Ratified by 155 States (as at 27 May 2014; current count)

For Switzerland:
RS 0.105 (AS 1987 1306)
Signed on 4 February 1985
Ratified on 2 December 1986
Entry into force on 26 June 1987
Dispatch of 30 October 1985: BBl 1985 III 285 (in German) / FF 1985 III 273 (in French)

About the Convention

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Individual complaints procedure

Upon ratification, the Swiss Federal Council recognised the competence of Committee to receive and consider communications to the effect that a State Party claims that Switzerland is not fulfilling its obligations under this Convention (art. 21; inter-state complaints). It also accepted the competence of the Committee Against Torture (CAT), the body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment by its State parties, to receive and consider communications from or on behalf of individuals subject to its jurisdiction who claim to be victims of a violation by Switzerland of the provisions of the Convention (art.22; individual complaints or communications). To this day, the Committee examined several individual communications about Switzerland, all related to art. 3, which states that “No State Party shall expel, return ("refouler") or extradite a person to another State where there are substantial grounds for believing that he would be in danger of being subjected to torture."

Optional Protocol

The Optional Protocol (OPCAT) entered into force for Switzerland on 24 October 2009.

Reports by Switzerland


  • Federal Administration:
    Walter Troxler, Federal Office of Justice, Directorate of Penal Law and Recourse (DJP) tel 031 322 76 43, E-mail
  • For the NGO Report:
    Esther Schaufelberger, Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT), tel 022 919 21 71, E-mail

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