Switzerland signed on 18 July 1998 and ratified on 12 October 2001, becoming the 43rd State Party.
Agreement on Privileges and Immunities
Switzerland signed the APIC on 10 September 2002 and deposited its instrument of ratification on 25 September 2012 at the UN Treaty Office.
Bilateral Immunity Agreement
Switzerland has not signed a BIA. Formal rejection 14 August 2003.
On Monday 14 June 2010, the Swiss parliament adopted a bill implementing the RS into the Swiss penal code and providing for UJ over genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. For the first time, Swiss courts will have authority over crimes against humanity. The definition of the crime of genocide has been expanded to include acts committed against members of a ‘political or social’ group (in addition to national, racial, religious or ethnic groups). The acts amounting to war crimes will be more detailed. The law has no retrospective effect on crimes against humanity (only acts committed after the entry into force of the bill will be prosecuted). Acts of genocide will be prosecuted if committed after December 2000 (when a specific provision was introduced) except if committed against the newly defined political and social groups. There is no change for war crimes.
Switzerland is a member of Like-Minded Country, Francophonie.