Switzerland supports the work of human rights defenders and aims to improve their protection on the ground from arbitrary treatment, threats and violence. The FDFA's guidelines on the protection of human rights defenders serve as a framework for the Swiss representations abroad.
This anniversary publication places Switzerland's election observation operations in their historical context, explains the comprehensive approach behind election observation and electoral assistance from different perspectives, and sets out some of the new challenges we face in the digital age. The analysis and statistics are complemented by field reports from 30 years of election observation.
Urbanisation: Reportage dans les villes du Mali, confrontées à de nombreux défis / Nicaragua : Inquiets pour leur avenir, les jeunes manifestent dans la rue / Géo-ingénierie : Une chance ou une menace pour les pays en développement?
ALLIANCES STRATÉGIQUES: Les partenariats public-privé pour le développement ne cessent d’augmenter / ÉTHIOPIE:Le pays, en pleine mutation, est confronté à des conflits ethniques / FORMATION DUALE: Dans quelle mesure le modèle de réussite suisse est-il exportable?
Diaspora et transferts d’argent : Les envois de fonds vers les pays d’origine sont toujours plus importants / Le grand écart du Tadjikistan : Espoir, émigration et corruption caractérisent ce pays de haute montagne / Offensive chinoise : Les milliards investis par Pékin dans les pays en développement constituent-ils un engagement durable ou un simple calcul politico-économique?
Les droits humains sous pression / Bénin: De jeunes entrepreneurs défient les conditions économiques défavorables / Soutien ou boycott? La coopération au développement , dans les Etats autoritaires, constitue un exercice délicat
Switzerland advocates for women to play an active role in conflict prevention and peace processes, in reconstruction efforts and in post-conflict reconciliation. At the same time, women should be better protected – especially from sexual violence. Switzerland reaffirms this commitment in its national action plan.
“Capacity development – turning knowledge into practice” is a multifaceted concept and a key component of international cooperation. How can people be empowered to act? How can police capacities be strengthened in crisis-stricken countries such as Mali? What role do international organisations play in this? Apart from the focus topic, the 03/18 edition also includes articles from Ukraine and Colombia.
The fight against torture and ill-treatment has long been a Swiss foreign policy priority. The action plan maps out how Switzerland intends to uphold the absolute and universal ban on torture and ill-treatment, as well as the steps it will take to ensure its effective implementation.
The latest edition of SPS focuses on 'Kosovo, a country in transition', with articles on SWISSCOY's move from a field camp in Prizren to Camp Novo Selo, dealing with the past and this young state's long path to democratization. In addition to the focus theme, this edition also includes current reports from Colombia, Western Sahara and the Central African Republic.
The ABCs 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. The brochure offers, beside the glossary, a short introduction on the development and area of application of this special field of international law.
The Korean peninsula has been in the headlines recently. The media has reported on the Winter Olympics, North Korea's nuclear programme, a North Korean defector and, most recently, the willingness of North and South Korea to engage in talks. The latest edition of SPS (1/18) focuses on the Korean Peninsula and also contains reports about recent developments in Kashmir, Mexico and Zimbabwe.