The solidarity contribution

The deadline for submitting applications for a solidarity contribution ended on March 31, 2018.

The processing of applications for a solidarity contribution

From November 2016 to the end of March 2018, concerned people had the possibility to submit to the Federal Office of Justice an application for a contribution of solidarity for victims of compulsory measures and extra-family placements before 1981.

By the end of the legal deadline, a total of 9018 applications have been received. According to the will of Parliament, the processing of all applications must be completed no later than four years after the entry into force of the law, i. be completed by the end of March 2021 at the latest.

By mid-July 2018, around 1800 applications had already been processed and, for the most part, payed. By the end of 2018, approximately 3200 applications is likely to be examined and by the end of 2019 around 6500 applications should have been processed. The assessment of the remaining 2500 applications is expected to be completed during the course of 2020.

For processing the applications, the so-called priority order, which is anchored in Article 4 of the Ordinance to the Act (CSMPO), is authoritative. This priority order is intended to ensure that many victims as possible can still experience individual state recognition of the injustice suffered and the payment of the solidarity contribution. Therefore, the applications of victims who are seriously ill as well as of those over 75 years old are given priority ans will be treated in advance. Persons whose victim status was already clarified in the previous procedure (there were victims who were in a financially precarious situation) also seek a priority treatment. These applications require only a reduced processing effort. All other requests will be processed in the order they are received.

A serious illness can be evidenced by a medical certificate (for example, patients with advanced cancer or heart disease whose remaining lifetime is likely to be measured only after a few months or days). These applications are always processed and paid out on approval.

For the 'age' priority, almost all applications have been processed from persons of very advanced age (older than 88 years). Currently, the applications of persons between the ages of 82 and 87 are being reviewed; then from the beginning of winter 2018, it will be the turn of the 75-81-year-olds. Around February / March 2019, all priority applications should be finalized.

The CSMPA provides the legal basis for payments to be made to the victims. In particular, it provides for what is known as a "solidarity contribution". This is intended as an acknowledgement of the injustice suffered by the victims, as well as being an expression of social solidarity.

If you were the victim of a measure or placement before 1981 and you would like to claim a solidarity contribution, you must complete an application (see link below) and submit it to the Federal Office of Justice by 31 March 2018 at the latest.  

The first payments will take place in May 2018. It is important to know that not all of them will be made by this date. As indicated by the CSMPO, applications will be processed according to certain priorities (people who are seriously ill, are over 75 years or have received immediate help). Those priorities will also apply to the payment of the contributions of solidarity . 

You will find the most important information on the solidarity contribution and on the application procedure in the FDJP Delegate’s information leaflet on the solidarity contribution and in the Guide.  

You can also order hard copies of these documents from the Federal Office of Justice, the cantonal contact points or your local cantonal archives.

The cantonal contact points can send further documents by using the link below:

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