Swiss lawmakers should review draft legislation on police counterterrorism measures to ensure respect for human rights
In a letter addressed to the Chair and members of the National Council Committee on Security Policy, made public today, the Commissioner invites parliamentarians to review the draft Federal Law on Police Counterterrorism Measures in order to ensure that all human rights standards are respected....
Country visit report
Switzerland should reinforce its human rights protection framework and better respond to the needs of vulnerable migrants
Reinforcing the institutional and legal framework for safeguarding and promoting human rights and enhancing the protection of migrants and asylum seekers are the key recommendations addressed to the Swiss authorities by the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, in a...
Switzerland: Commissioner welcomes progress on asylum, but the most vulnerable need better protection
“I call on the Swiss authorities to stop detaining migrant children arriving at Swiss international airports. Children, with or without their families, do not belong in detention” said today Nils Muižnieks, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, after a three-day visit (22-24 May)...
Lettre au Conseiller fédéral au sujet du projet de loi sur le renseignement
Lettre du Commissaire aux droits de l'homme du Conseil de l'Europe, Nils Muižnieks, à M. Ueli MAURER, Conseiller fédéral, au sujet du projet de loi sur le renseignement CommDH(2015)24 Réponse de M. Ueli MAURER, Conseiller fédéral, à la lettre du Commissaire aux droits de l'homme du Conseil de...
Letter to the Head of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
Letter from the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights to Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter, Head of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs CommDH(2012)19 / 28 March 2012 Réponse des autorités suisses à la lettre du Commissaire aux droits de l'Homme du Conseil de l'Europe...
“Switzerland still weak in the combat against discrimination”
Strasbourg, 28/03/2012 – "Manifestations of racism and xenophobia appear to be on the rise in Switzerland. Disturbing political campaigns with aggressive, insulting slogans against foreigners are tendencies of great concern," stated Thomas Hammarberg, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human...
Political leaders should stress that xenophobic propaganda is unacceptable
Bern, 23/2/2012 – "More determined efforts are needed to combat tendencies of racism and xenophobia in Swiss society" stated the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, at the end of a four-day visit to Switzerland during which he held a series of meetings on issues...
Report on visit to Switzerland
Report of Mr Alvaro Gil-Robles, Commissioner for Human Rights, on his visit to Switzerland (29 November-3 December 2004) CommDH(2005)7 / 08 June 2005
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