The FCR and the SCRA both work in the same area, but each has a different remit.
Federal Commission against Racism
The Federal Commission against Racism (FCR) is an extra-parliamentary commission established by the Federal Council in 1995. As an independent body, its mandate is to advise the Federal Council and other federal departments and offices. It also provides advice and support to cantonal and communal authorities, is responsible for public relations and awareness-raising campaigns, and monitors application of the statutory provision against racism and racial discrimination (Article 261bis of the Criminal Code). People who feel that they, or anyone they know, are experiencing racial discrimination, people witnessing racist incidents, and advice centres and contact points working in the field can report their concerns to the FCR Secretariat.
Service for Combating Racism
Set up in 2001, the Service for Combating Racism (SCRA) forms part of the General Secretariat of the Federal Department of Home Affairs.
- launches, promotes and supports preventive measures that touch on all areas of life
- works to ensure that the discourse on racism and human rights consistently informs every aspect of our lives: education and training, employment, public administration, healthcare, neighbourhood development, sport and youth work
- offers authorities, civil society organisations and private individuals professional support in implementing measures that protect human rights and combat racism
- can provide financial support to projects that champion human rights and fight racism
- produces information at the national and international level about Switzerland’s efforts to combat racism
- encourages networking between actors (state institutions, aid agencies, non-governmental organisations and victims)
- helps set up advice centres and contact points for victims of racial discrimination