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70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

10.12.2018 — Local news China
Ancient cultures have left us with countless encouragements to act responsibly as we see in the following Confucian quotation: “愛與敬,其政之本與 love and respect are the basis of governance”. Universal and individual rights however are quite recent, with the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen issued in France in 1789 setting the stage for universal rights in modern history. The first truly comprehensive and global proclamation of human rights was established exactly 70 years ago with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

Switzerland commemorates the beginning of the campaign against Chinese lawyers and human rights defenders as well as the continued detention of lawyer Wang Quanzhang

09.07.2018 — Press release China
In its human rights foreign policy, Switzerland attaches particular importance to the role of civil society and human rights defenders. They play a key role in protecting and promoting human rights, strengthening the rule of law and contribute significantly to the implementation of internationally agreed human rights standards.

Swiss Gastronomic Week: Seven days of Swissness and unique culinary enjoyment

29.03.2018 — Press release China
Did you know that Switzerland, as a culinary hotspot, boasts the highest number of Michelin-starred restaurants per capita in the world, and its food is enriched by creative influences from neighboring countries and beyond? Did you know that besides the classic dishes of cheese fondue, rösti, and raclette, there is a number of innovative delicacies in its national cuisine? Were you aware that each of the country’s 26 cantons has its regional specialties, which the locals are very proud of?

2018 Francophonie Festival in China - Swiss agenda

01.03.2018 — Press release China
As a long-term participating country of the Mois de la Francophonie (formerly known as Fête de la Francophonie), Switzerland has been working actively with other Francophonie countries to showcase the diversity and modernity of the French language and culture.

CE continues to attend World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos

25.01.2018 — Local news China
The Chief Executive, Mrs Carrie Lam, yesterday (January 25, Davos time) continued to attend the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland. Accompanied by the Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Mr Edward Yau, and the Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, Mr James Lau, she also met with the leadership of various economies and international organisations.

Switzerland and Hong Kong strengthen their cooperation in financial markets

23.01.2018 — Press release China

Bern, 23.01.2018 - On 23 January 2018, Federal Councillor Ueli Maurer and Mrs Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of Hong Kong SAR, met in Bern to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the area of financial markets and to exchange views on international financial and tax matters. Authorities and private sector representatives from Hong Kong and Switzerland signed three Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) during the meeting.


First Sino-Swiss Architecture Dialogue focuses on sustainability, mountain architecture; Swiss master Mario Botta to be leading speaker and guest of honour

22.01.2018 — Press release China
The inaugural Sino-Swiss Architecture Dialogue, with sustainable architecture as the main topic, took place in Beijing on Monday, January 22. Organized by the Embassy of Switzerland in China, in collaboration with Tsinghua University Art Museum (TAM), the dialogue aimed to offer a first-class platform for young Swiss and Chinese talents and accomplished masters to meet and exchange around a topic that combines science, economy and art.

Human Rights Day 2017

10.12.2017 — Position China
In exactly one year from today, on 10 December 2018, Switzerland together with the international community will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which 70 years after its adoption, remains of unequivocal relevance. Human rights are a necessity for our societies, an invaluable ingredient to boost peace and stability and to foster sustainable development. Human rights are at the heart of the values represented by Switzerland and its political model, which is founded on the principles of democracy, non-discrimination, gender equality, peaceful coexistence, and mutual respect among people having different religious, linguistic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Switzerland calls upon its partners to join it in making this Human Rights Day 2017 a day of unequivocal relevance for the promotion and the protection of human rights.

Death of Liu Xiaobo – FDFA Statement

14.07.2017 — Position China

Switzerland is profoundly saddened by the death of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo and expresses its sincere condolences to his family.

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