The cabinet has decided to sign the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances.
The foreign ministry on Friday said Switzerland would have to adapt several of its laws to meet the treaty’s requirements, but it already satisfied the central point of the convention: zero tolerance towards cases of enforced disappearance.
The move follows pressure from parliament and non-governmental organisations demanding immediate accession to the latest central United Nations human rights treaty.
It was drawn up in 2006 and will enter into force before the end of December.
In total, more than 52,000 individual cases from more than 90 countries have been referred to the UN since 1980, of which some 42,000 remain unresolved.