Police measures against Terror – Yes to house arrest for offenders, no to the much criticized preventive detention new measures against potential terrorist concerns in the national Council for a fierce exchange of blows. The human rights groups criticized the Federal Council line is, so far, to a large extent. The debate goes on.Benjamin Gafner0 comment-and-white in the hard-fought law regulations so far, a majority of the national Council of behind: Minister of justice, Karin Keller -Sutter (FDP). Photo: Keystone/Peter Klaunzer

The national Council is a majority behind the new Anti-terrorism law. According to the Council of States, he also wants to expand the possibilities for early prevention of terrorist attacks. With 107 and 84 votes, he joined on Thursday on the template. Will fight the new Federal law from the left. Numerous human rights organizations, the UN Commission on human rights and the human rights Commissioner of the Council of Europe, Dunja Mijatović, had criticised the law proposal previously. In the law proposal used term “potential terrorist” is problematic, because the persons were not yet come into conflict with the law, could be stigmatized, wrote Mijatovic in a letter to the preparatory Committee .

If a Person is a terrorist belonging to an organization or already have a stop prepared to intervene in the security authorities today, having regard to the criminal law. Hardly a hand there but for the authorities, when it comes to so-called offenders. These are persons for whom the authorities such as the intelligence service have evidence that you could have a terrorist attack.

the Federal Council and the Swiss Council of States places due to the lack of possibilities to act against the threat of a “potentially serious threat” to security. In order to prevent attacks, is to receive the Federal office of police (Fedpol), the possibility of Gefährdern a Reporting and participation burden on, contact, and rayon bans, arrange, or house arrest orders.

protection due to fundamental rights

One of the most controversial points in the debate of Thursday, the house arrest was. This measure must be reviewed by a court and should already be able to from the age of 15 years may be imposed. The most important means in the fight against terrorism, the unconditional protection of the fundamental rights and respect for the rule of law, the law-adversary Marionna Schlatter (GP, ZH) said. The planned police measures to combat terrorism violate the basic rights. The view across the border shows that preventive detention, brutal interrogation methods, police violence, or the delivery of Gefährdern to countries that are aware of the torture, no gain in safety would be.

The population to protect

The bourgeois-dominated Commission, a majority sees this differently. For the Commission spokesman Mauro Tuena (SVP, ZURICH) are tightened because of the terrorist threat in Europe and in Switzerland necessary. “The policy has a duty to do everything possible to prevent terrorist attacks against our population,” he said. From “countless cases” in Europe, you know that attacks would also be carried out by Minors. So right Tuena customized proposal, contact or rayon prohibitions against young people can be from the age of twelve may be imposed. During the house arrest, the minimum age at 15 years.

Federal councillor Karin Keller-Sutter promised the police to avert danger only to the train, if the social and therapeutic prevention had not previously been able to. She referred to a report by the Institute of federalism. This was clear that the cantonal police laws “have no, or only very limited for the terrorism-fighting measures suitable measures”.

In the detail, consulting the large chamber declined to a preventive detention for offenders. This is in line with the Federal Council, who spoke out against this tightening of the security policy Commission. The highly controversial house arrest for offenders, the need for a judicial authorisation, was adopted. The debate will continue on Friday.

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