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Interner Link 150 years of Swiss humanitarian commitment 

Signed 150 years ago, the first Geneva Convention is the foundation stone of international humanitarian law, which is applicable in situations of armed conflict.

Shadow of someone raising a hand © UNO/Martin Perret (2008)

Interner Link 25 November 2013: International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women 
Every year on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women focuses world attention on sexual, physical and psychological violence and discrimination against women and girls. Strengthening women’s rights is a key aspect of Switzerland’s foreign policy.

Two hands bound together (logo of the Week against Human Trafficking) © FDFA

Interner Link Week against human trafficking

A series of events on the issue of human trafficking – coordinated by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and co-financed by the FDFA's Human Security Division – will take place from 18 to 25 October 2013.

A rogue © Keystone

Interner Link World Day against the Death Penalty – Switzerland sends a signal for a world without executions

Human rights are an important pillar of Swiss foreign policy and drive Switzerland’s efforts towards the universal abolition of the death penalty.

Logo for Switzerland’s 2014 OSCE chairmanship

Interner Link Switzerland chairs the OSCE in 2014

Switzerland’s assumption of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Chairmanship in 2014 is a proof of the country’s commitment to stability in Europe and neighbouring regions – one of its foreign policy priorities.

Container (© Keystone)

Interner Link Switzerland and commodity trading

The trade in commodities concerns Swiss foreign policy in several respects: As a world hub for commodities trading, Switzerland is committed to ensuring that this business is conducted in full respect for human dignity, democracy and the environment.

Interner Link 1963–2013: 50thanniversary of Switzerland’s accession to the Council of Europe

In 2013, Switzerland celebrates the 50th anniversary of its accession to the Council of Europe, which took place on 6 May 1963.

International Criminal Court

Interner Link Tenth anniversary of the International Criminal Court

For the last ten years, the international community has had a permanent jurisdictional body, the International Criminal Court (ICC), with the power and authority to judge perpetrators of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. A number of events in Switzerland and elsewhere have been organised to mark this tenth anniversary.

Flags of the UN Member Countries – According to the alpabet, the Swiss flag is flanked by those of Sweden and Syria [©Keystone]

Interner Link 10 Years of Swiss Membership in the UN 

2002, Switzerland was the 190th State to join the UN. What are the conclusions and perspectives ten years later? In this folder you will find a considerable number of background information, including examples, a factsheet, and frequently asked questions.

Scène de liesse en Egypte, après la chute de Hosni Moubarak, le 11 février 2011. [© Keystone]

Interner Link Uprisings in the Arab World

Switzerland has been active in many ways in response to the popular uprisings at the beginning of 2011 which have radically altered the political situation in North Africa and the Near East.