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Switzerland

Section 5. Governmental Attitude Regarding International and Nongovernmental Investigation of Alleged Violations of Human Rights

A variety of domestic and international human rights groups generally operated without government restriction, investigating and publishing their findings on human rights cases. Government officials were generally cooperative and responsive to their views.

Government Human Rights Bodies: The Swiss Center for Human Rights (SCHR) consists of a network of universities and human rights experts responsible for strengthening and supporting human rights capacities and bridging gaps between federal and cantonal authorities on human rights problems. During the year the SCHR hosted presentations and published reports on human rights themes, such as on restitution for human rights abuses, including corporal punishment against children, violence against women, and labor exploitation.

There were 14 cantonal ombudsman offices that assessed cases of police misconduct.

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The Lessons of 1989: Freedom and Our Future