The Swiss Advocacy Centre for Migrants’ Rights (SCMR) was launched on 5 May 2014 with the aim of promoting the fundamental rights of migrants through litigation before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) and other international bodies.
The SCMR was created with the institutional and financial support of the Centre Social Protestant (CSP) in response to the erosion of the fundamental rights of non-citizens in Switzerland. It addresses the need for a specialized NGO capable of providing direct legal representation of migrants before international instances and of offering expert advice to other advocates on fundamental rights issues of non-citizens.
In its daily work, the SCMR attempts to identify strategic litigation cases taken with a specific aim of benefitting as many people as possible by bringing about a change in the law and/or its implementation in practice. One of its cases resulted in a judgement by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in M.P.E.V. and others v. Switzerland which will have significant repercussions on the way Swiss tribunals interpret the scope of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) which guarantees the right to respect for private life, family life, home and correspondence.