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Switzerland-UN: What measures to support the promotion of peasants’ rights?

This article was first published on CETIM’s website, on January 27th, 2023. You can find it here.

On January 27, 2023, the human rights situation in Switzerland was examined in the framework of its Universal Periodic Review (UPR), a UN mechanism for monitoring the rights situation in all UN member countries. In this context, our coalition “Friends of the Declaration – Switzerland” (FOD), has examined the measures that Switzerland should take to support the implementation of the Declaration on the Rights of Peasants (UNDROP), in Switzerland and abroad.

The FOD coalition is made up of peasants’ and human rights organizations (1) that work and advocate for the promotion and implementation of the UNDROP in Switzerland. Within the framework of the UPR of Switzerland, we have therefore submitted two reports, in which we formulate different recommendations addressed to the Swiss Confederation, so that the government aligns its foreign and domestic policies with its international obligations towards the implementation of the UNDROP.

Read the report “UPR 2023 Switzerland National Policy”

Read the report “UPR 2023 Switzerland Foreign Policy”

–> This report on Switzerland’s foreign policy is mainly based on a Research brief published by the same coalition in 2020

In general, the recommendations of the two studies urge Switzerland to ensure that the rights enshrined in the UNDROP are integrated and respected in its domestic food and agricultural policy. These rights must also, and imperatively, guide Switzerland’s foreign policy, and in particular its action in the field of trade and investment, insofar as it has direct effects on the situation of the peasant communities of the countries with which Switzerland maintains relations.

In this context, the FOD coalition has also published a video: https://youtu.be/sXPMjmFfjJo

(1) Members of FOD: UNITERRE, MAPC, CETIM, FIAN – SUISSE, FASTEN AKTION, HEKS/EPER, SWISSAID, ALLIANCE SUD, The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

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