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HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEMOCRACY SWITZERLAND CASE Swiss Confederation is the official name of Switzerland which indicates that it is a union of individuals and different communities. Actually Switzerland is not a homogenous
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linguistic and cultural community. Ethnically, there is no Swiss people and a homogenous Swiss nation in other words. Nor we can talk about a Swiss culture because different culture came together in the same small place. What bring these people speaking different languages and fallowing different religions is the political will to remain independent. The role of the political institutions in Switzerland has a crucial role to unify a people with four languages (Swiss-German, French, Italian and Romansh), two religions and different regional cultures (Linder,1994). . That’s why Switzerland with his outstanding political stability is a very interesting case to examine to see the relation between his direct democracy practices and ability to accommodate ethnic-cultural diversity and the adaptation of HRs. This paper, in respect to Switzerland case will explore how democracy and stable political system is important for Turkey too in practicing human rights. In contrast to many countries, political system is not based on the relation between government and opposition parties. In Switzerland, national unity is achieved by involving the whole population in the decision-making process and by allowing citizens to participate in direct democracy. In this paper, while examining Switzerland’s political system, we will look at how Switzerland built a multicultural society by political integration with respect to HRs. Direct democracy has a crucial role in Swiss politics in terms of people’s involvement to the politic. A person, one being, is the key actor for Switzerland and that’s why human rights are very important. According to Switzerland’s administration web page, human rights listed respect for human rights and the promotion of democracy as one of its five foreign policy goals. There are two main reasons for this. One is that our country has a long humanitarian tradition; the other is that the protection of the rights that derive from human dignity helps to ensure peace and international stability. In Turkey also there is ethnic-cultural diversity which is not well integrated to the politics. He could not overcome the problem of minority, his Islamic heritage in the framework of democratization. Strong centralized state prevents the 2
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liaison between the society and state. Shape of political system prevents Turkey to apply better human rights and create a more peaceful multicultural society. However, In Switzerland, power is not in the hand of state in contrast power is dispersed between cantons. In framework of this analysis, what kind of lessons can we derive for Turkey from
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