During HRC general discussions, panel debates and interactive dialogues with the Special Procedures, during the past three years, either as an HRC member or not, the State has joined:
Regional or subregional
Overall, as a HRC member, has participated in more than 10% of panel discussions, general debates and interactive dialogues.
Longest outstanding country visit request >
SR trafficking, 2015
Received Sub-Committee visit
Switzerland tabled voluntary pledges and commitments in support for its candidacy for membership for the period 2010-2013 on 18 March 2010.
At the international level, Switzerland pledged to: participate actively in the work of the Council and engage in inclusive dialogue; contribute to the 5-year review of the Council; ensure that the Council deals with human rights situations everywhere; promote human rights education; promote the participation of NGOs in the work of the Council; work in close cooperation with OHCHR; maintain financial support for OHCHR; mainstream human rights across the UN’s development work; contribute to Treaty Body reform; help support states implement their human rights commitments (e.g. through development assistance); examine the possibility of ratifying CPED and CRPD; cooperate fully with Treaty Bodies, including by reporting regularly; cooperate with Special Procedures and facilitate visit request; and maintain financial support for Swiss and international NGOs.
At a national level, Switzerland undertook to: comply with its international human rights obligations at federal and cantonal level; undertaken awareness-raising and training programmes at all levels; and implement the provisions of recently-ratified treaties including the OP-CRC on the sale of children and OP-CEDAW; and include civil society in the implementation of UPR recommendations.
An analysis of steps taken by Switzerland in fulfilment of its international pledges shows that it has participated actively in Council debates (e.g. 69% of interactive dialogues, 57% of panels), and has maintained its financial support for OHCHR. In terms of Special Procedures cooperation, Switzerland maintains a Standing Invitation, has facilitated two-thirds of visit requests, and responded to all communications. In terms of cooperation with Treaty Bodies, Switzerland is Party to most core conventions. It is ‘on schedule’ with its reporting under three of those treaties, while two periodic reports were submitted late, and two are currently overdue. Switzerland ratified the CRPD in 2014.