Service for Combating Racism
The Service for Combating Racism (SCRA) is a federal government body tasked with preventing racism. It plans, develops, promotes and coordinates relevant activities at the federal, cantonal and communal level. It:
- initiates and promotes awareness-raising and prevention measures to eliminate racial discrimination and strengthen human rights
- improves legal protection against discrimination
- produces national and international reports
- provides financial support to Swiss projects that combat racism and champion human rights
When talking about racism and racial discrimination, it is important to establish a common understanding of the terms being used in the discussion. The SCRA uses the following terminology.
What we do
Racial discrimination can occur in all areas of life.
Monitoring and reporting
The Service for Combating Racism publishes regular reports on racial discrimination and the fight against it.
Statutory rights and advice
Article 8 of the Federal Constitution guarantees every person living in Switzerland the right to equal treatment.
Specifically, no one may be discriminated against because of their origin, race, gender, age, language, religion or way of life.
The Service for Combating Racism can provide financial support to awareness-raising and prevention projects that seek to eradicate racism and strengthen human rights. This funding is only available to projects that are conducted in Switzerland by Swiss-based organisations. Further information is available in German, French and Italian.