Update: 29.08.2012

Second Swiss state report on the Universal Periodic Review

On 16 August 2012, the second Swiss state report on the Universal Periodic Review has been published. The Confederation describes on 19 pages which measures have been adopted in order to improve the human rights situation in Switzerland since the first UPR procedure four years ago. The report takes a closer look at the recommendations made by the Human Rights Council at the time as well as at the efforts made by the Swiss authorities for improvement in the respective fields.

The Swiss state report was composed with respect to the second UPR procedure which will be conducted by the Human Rights Council on 29 October 2012. In the spring of 2012, a coalition of Swiss NGOs, which includes humanrights.ch, compiled its own NGO report and sent it to the UN authorities in Geneva. The report by the UN working group with new recommendations addressed at Switzerland is expected to be published on 31 October 2012.

Further details on the examination of Switzerland

The state review will be implemented by a UPR working group which consists of the 47 member states of the UN Human Rights Council. Any UN member state can participate in the dialogue with the state being examined.

Every state review is especially accompanied by a group of three states (called the Troika) acting as reporting authority. The members of the Troika are chosen by lot. In the case of the UPR procedure 2012 on Switzerland, it will consist of Nigeria, Belgium and Costa Rica.

In a meeting taking place in Geneva at the end of August, interested third countries will have the chance to hear the civil society. Some representatives of the NGO coalition which composed the alternative report will participate in this event.



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