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Federal Council adopts report on working definition of antisemitism

04.06.2021 — Press release EDA
At its meeting on 4 June 2021, the Federal Council adopted the report on a postulate regarding possible areas of application of the working definition of antisemitism developed by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). As part of the many measures to combat antisemitism in Switzerland, the definition provides additional guidance in identifying antisemitic incidents. The report also makes recommendations for developing further measures to combat antisemitism in Switzerland.


New Swiss ambassadors

04.06.2021 — Press release EDA
Additional personnel changes will take place at several Swiss representations and at the head office of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), as part of the periodic transfer rotation and on the basis of appointments made by the Federal Council at its meeting on 4 June 2021. The appointment of heads of mission abroad becomes effective following approval by the respective host state.


FDFA launches Human Rights Guidelines 2021–24

03.06.2021 — Press release EDA
Switzerland is firmly committed to the universal protection of human rights. The Foreign Policy Strategy 2020–23 formulates goals and priorities to help achieve this objective. To this end, the FDFA's Human Rights Guidelines 2021–24 set out clear principles and concrete fields of action to strengthen Switzerland's coherence and effectiveness in promoting human rights abroad.


Switzerland remains committed to finding a political solution in Libya

02.06.2021 — Press release EDA
In line with its support for the UN peace process in Libya, on Wednesday 2 June Switzerland and the UN co-hosted a conference of representatives of the member states engaged in the Berlin process on Libya. Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis called on all parties involved to bring about a political solution to the conflict, which began in 2011.


No signing of Swiss–EU institutional agreement

26.05.2021 — Press release EDA
At its meeting on 26 May, the Federal Council undertook an overall evaluation of the outcome of the negotiations on the institutional framework agreement (InstA). It concluded that there remain substantial differences between Switzerland and the EU on key aspects of the agreement. The conditions are thus not met for the signing of the agreement. The Federal Council today took the decision not to sign the agreement, and communicated this decision to the EU. This brings the negotiations on the draft of the InstA to a close. The Federal Council nevertheless considers it to be in the shared interest of Switzerland and the EU to safeguard their well-established cooperation and to systematically maintain the agreements already in force. It therefore wishes to launch a political dialogue with the EU on continued cooperation. Meanwhile, it has tasked the Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP) to consider how autonomous amendments to Swiss legislation might contribute to the stabilisation of Swiss–EU relations.


Human rights in the digital age: Ignazio Cassis underlines Council of Europe's key role

21.05.2021 — Press release EDA
Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, the head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, took part today in the 131st ministerial session of the Council of Europe (CoE), held online because of the pandemic. In his speech, he hailed the CoE's key role in protecting human rights, democracy and the rule of law in the digital age. At the session, the foreign ministers of the 47 member states reaffirmed their commitment to keeping the European Court of Human Rights effective.


Switzerland sends 30 tonnes of humanitarian supplies to Nepal for COVID-19 relief

21.05.2021 — Press release EDA
Switzerland is helping Nepal cope with an extremely difficult health situation caused by COVID-19. Today, Friday, Swiss Humanitarian Aid, part of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), dispatches 1.1 million antigen tests, 40 respirators, 10 oxygen concentrators and personal protective equipment to Kathmandu. This humanitarian aid shipment is worth around CHF 7.5 million.


Switzerland welcomes Middle East ceasefire

21.05.2021 — Press release EDA
Switzerland welcomes the ceasefire in the Middle East and calls on all parties to address in depth the root causes of the conflict. It believes that now is the time to put an end to these cycles of violence that have caused untold suffering for the Palestinian and Israeli people.


Federal Councilor Berset opens the World Health Assembly of the WHO

21.05.2021 — Press release EDA
Federal Councilor Alain Berset opened the 74th World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva. In his speech, Alain Berset praised the work of the World Health Organization (WHO) and asked the member states to make sustainable investments in a global health protection structure. During their attendance at the Assembly, Federal Councilor Berset and WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus signed a cooperation agreement as part of the WHO BioHub initiative.




Intentional starvation of civilians should be considered a war crime worldwide: Federal Council supports International Criminal Court

19.05.2021 — Press release EDA
Intentionally starving civilians is often used as a tactic of war. In Switzerland, it is classified as a war crime. Based on a Swiss initiative, in December 2019 the states parties to the Rome Statute declared the intentional use of starvation of civilians to be a war crime before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in civil wars as well. Previously, it had only been classified as such in wars between states. At its meeting on 19 May 2021, the Federal Council adopted the dispatch for the Federal Assembly to approve the corresponding amendment to the Rome Statute of the ICC. Ratifying the new amendment would not require any changes to Swiss law. It would however improve protection for people in war zones, which is also one of the objectives of the Federal Council's Foreign Policy Strategy 2020–23.

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