At Switzerland's third UPR in November 2017, 108 states expressed their appreciation for Switzerland’s engagement in human rights and the humanitarian aid it provides. At the same time, they submitted recommendations for improvements. The focus of attention is on the establishment of an independent national human rights institution, discrimination and racism, migration and asylum, and gender equality and identity.
Following a consultation within the Federal Administration, including cantons and non-governmental organisations, Switzerland accepted 160 out of a total of 251 recommendations. The Federal Council approved this briefing note in February 2018.
The UPR is an essential instrument of Switzerland’s human rights policy as set out in the FDFA’s human rights strategy. It contributes to Switzerland’s human rights credibility and the coherence between foreign and domestic policies. The UPR also acts as an entry point for dialogue on human rights within the context of bilateral consultations.