Thanks to the country’s democratic signatory system, the Swiss government may soon be compelled to reconsider the “neutral” nation’s official stance on the death penalty in certain cases if its supporters are successful in drumming up 100,000 signatures by late February. —KA
The campaigners have until 24 February to collect the 100,000 signatures necessary to force a popular vote on the subject, it has been announced.
Campaigners want murder involving sexual abuse, particularly of children, to be punishable by death.
Switzerland abolished the death penalty for civilian criminal cases in 1942.