Social policy: The Swiss social system still bears the coercive legacy of the past

Social policy: The Swiss social system still bears the coercive legacy of the past
Social policy: The Swiss social system still bears the coercive legacy of the past
The effects of coercive measures taken by the authorities in the last century are reflected on subsequent generations, according to the conclusions of scientists who participated in the National Research Program “Assistance and Coercion” (archives).

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The Swiss social system still bears the traces of the coercive measures which affected several hundred thousand people in the 20th century. Improvements are necessary, according to the conclusions of PNR 76 “Assistance and coercion”, presented Thursday in Bern.

Thus, the right to participation and self-determination of people living in precarious conditions is not always guaranteed, writes the Swiss National Fund (SNF) in a press release. More than 150 scientists participated in this National Research Program (PNR).

During the 20th century, several hundred thousand people were affected by coercive measures for assistance or extra-familial placements, and many of them were victims of mistreatment, abuse and/or economic exploitation.

The institutions of the social system “still carry this heavy legacy,” according to the authors. Improvements have since been made in many areas, but some legally legitimized measures remain coercive or are perceived as such.

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