People's initiative demands end to parole for criminals sentenced to life

The Swiss are likely to be called to vote on an initiative demanding an end to parole for criminals sentenced to life in prison. The initiative's supporters say prisoners serving life sentences should be denied the possibility of early release.

This content was published on May 3, 2000 - 20:31

The vote will take place if the federal authorities validate at least 100,000 of the 196,000 signatures handed in on Wednesday.

About 100 people took part in a ceremony to hand in the signatures outside the federal parliament. They carried balloons inscribed with the slogan "For the protection of our children".

The signatures were collected by members of an organisation called Light of Hope. It members say criminals who have been judged extremely dangerous by psychologists should not be granted early release or let out on leave.

The initiative was launched after a number of prisoners, set free on parole, went on to commit murders.

swissinfo with agencies

This article was automatically imported from our old content management system. If you see any display errors, please let us know:

In compliance with the JTI standards

In compliance with the JTI standards

More: SWI certified by the Journalism Trust Initiative

Contributions under this article have been turned off. You can find an overview of ongoing debates with our journalists here. Please join us!

If you want to start a conversation about a topic raised in this article or want to report factual errors, email us at

Share this story

Change your password

Do you really want to delete your profile?