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:
Overall, as a HRC member, has participated in more than 10% of panel discussions, general debates and interactive dialogues.
Longest visit request not (yet) accepted by the State >
IE on trafficking, 2015 (visit accepted)
Received Sub-Committee visit
Switzerland presented voluntary obligations and commitments in support for its candidature for membership for the period 2016-2018 in February 2015.
Key pledges include: Develop a national ad hoc mechanism to coordinate the preparation of periodic reports and to follow-up on the implementation of recommendations; Implement, in good faith, accepted UPR recommendations; Consider the establishment of a NHRI; Elaborate a national strategy to implement the UN Guiding Principles on business and human rights; Keep under review the possibility of withdrawing Switzerland’s reservations under certain conventions; Step up efforts to ratify CED and CRC-OP-IC; Continue efforts towards: the universal abolition of the death penalty; universal recognition of the right to water and sanitation; ending discrimination, including of people based on their sexual orientation; Maintain strong commitment to the prevention torture and to human rights in the context of peaceful protests; Convene a high-level meeting in 2016 to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the establishment of the Council; Enhance the participation of NGOs and NHRIs in the work of the Council; and Support the work of OHCHR, including financially.
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. Switzerland ratified the CED (2016) and the CRC-OP-IC, as pledged. Switzerland maintains a strong commitment to the prevention of torture, and received its first visit from the Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture on 2019.