Human Rights Day

Local news, 11.12.2017

10 December is celebrated every year as Human Rights Day in commemoration of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 10.12.1948. 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.


Next year the international community will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Switzerland calls upon its partners to mark this commemoration with a strengthened cooperation to promote and protect human rights. 2018 will also mark the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders. Recognizing the key role human rights defenders play in protecting and promoting human rights, Switzerland will continue to engage for their better protection and the strengthening of the civil society space.

Switzerland being also an important economic partner and a mayor foreign investor encourages and facilitates dialogue between the private sector, civil society, academic institutions and governments, seeking ways to implement sustainable solutions for strengthening the contribution of business to the respect of international human rights and humanitarian law, to peace and to stability, while maintaining a framework that is favorable to investment and sustainable development.