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The ABC of International Humanitarian Law is essentially a glossary of terms explaining the key concepts of international humanitarian law which is also known as the law of armed conflict. Together with the glossary, there is a short introduction on the development and area of application of this special field of international law.
Today’s conflicts are rarely fought on battlefields away from populated areas, but they are also fought in public spaces, in the streets and in the markets. By adopting the present strategy, Switzerland hopes to achieve greater impact and commitment on behalf of victims of armed conflict.
Number of pages: 32
A focus of the revised NAP 1325 (2013–2016) is the increased participation of women and girls during and after armed conflicts.
Women, Peace and Security (pdf, 647 Kb)
Number of pages: 28
In its foreign policy, Switzerland is active on behalf of peace, respect for human rights and the protection of displaced persons and refugees. This brochure will explain how Switzerland pursues these policies, what priorities it sets, what contributions it makes and what challenges it is confronted with. You will also learn about people who are mediating in conflicts, observing elections and working on behalf of peace and compliance with human rights.
For Peace, Human Rights and Security (pdf, 1874 Kb)
Number of pages: 44
Rapid and unhindered access for humanitarian organisations to civilians in armed conflict zones is essential. However, it is often impeded or refused. In two publications Switzerland advocates improvements in this area: The Manual provides a summary of the relevant rules of international law; the Guidelines are designed for humanitarian practitioners concerned with the question of access.
Humanitarian access in situations of armed conflict: Field Manual (pdf, 1896 Kb)
Number of pages: 42 (Handbook), 80 (Field Manual)
Orders: available only in PDF
In 1997, Switzerland ratified the International Convention on the Elimination of All Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). This year, Switzerland will submit a report to the relevant UN committee in New York on the status of implementation of the Convention. In an easy-to-read brochure, the FDFA and the Federal Office for Gender Equality (FOGE) explain the new law.
CEDAW – brochure (fr) (pdf, 927 Kb)
Number of pages: 55
The ABC of Human Rights explains the most important concepts and terms of human rights. It gives an overview of the history, development and implementation of human rights, and brings the reader up to date on the current debate on this subject. In a separate section, it provides an extensive glossary of terms and definitions.
ABC of Human Rights (pdf, 431 Kb)
Number of pages: 60
The german version is only available in PDF.
As a complement to the ABC of Human Rights, the Compendium for the Protection of Human Rights is now available. This collection of sources contains all the texts that are relevant for Switzerland in an abridged form: the main international human rights protection treaties ratified by Switzerland, the fundamental agreements on international humanitarian law and a number of important agreements that have not yet been ratified by Switzerland. The publication is rounded off with a general introduction and a table showing the current ratification status. (1475 p., German; French version in preparation; available from bookshops, price Fr. 68.)