Solidarity contribution

The Federal Act on Compulsory Social Measures and Placements prior to 1981 (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.

Individuals who view themselves as a victim as defined in the Act, and who wished to exercise their claim to a solidarity contribution, were able to submit an application to the Federal Office of Justice between November 2016 and the end of March 2018.

The deadline for submitting an application for a solidarity contribution for victims of compulsory social measures and placements prior to 1981 has now expired (end of March 2018). No further applications may thus be submitted. The law clearly stipulates that late applications may no longer be considered (Art. 5 (1) CSMPA). Exceptions may be made only in exceptional cases, i.e. if an applicant is prevented through no fault of their own from submitting their application by the deadline. If you have any questions in this regard, we recommend contacting the CSMP Unit office.

A total of 9,018 applications had been received by the end of the submission period. The Federal Department of Justice and Police and the Federal Office of Justice aim to finish processing all applications by the end of 2019. This is much earlier than provided for in the Act, which states the deadline as the end of March 2021.

Applications will be processed in accordance with the order of priority laid down in Article 4 of the Ordinance to the Act (CSMPO). This order of priority is intended to ensure that as many victims as possible can still receive individual state recognition of the injustice they have suffered, and have the solidarity contribution paid out. Therefore, the applications of victims who are seriously ill, or aged 75 and older, will be given priority and reviewed first. Individuals whose victim status has already been established in previous proceedings for immediate assistance (i.e. victims in financial difficulties) will also be given priority treatment, as these applications will take less time to process. All other applications will be processed in the order they were received. All priority applications should have been assessed by February/March 2019 at the latest.

If an applicant was already seriously ill when they submitted their application, or has since become seriously ill (e.g. advanced-stage cancer or heart disease, dementia, COPD, kidney failure, stroke, MS, blindness, etc.), it is important that they or their representative contact the Federal Office of Justice as quickly as possible. A medical certificate will generally be required. The corresponding applications will immediately be brought forward and, where possible, examined the same day. If approved, the solidarity contribution will then be paid as soon as possible.

Applications submitted to the FOJ after the deadline can generally only be processed after the examination of the other 9 000 applications submitted in due time has been completed. This is expected to be the case by the end of 2019. An exception, i.e. an earlier priority examination is only possible if the applicant is seriously ill (or older than 75 years, see the so-called priority order in Article 4 CSMPA, which is applied analogously).

In a first step, late-filed applications will be examined to see whether successful grounds can be invoked that allow a time-limit recovery under Article 24 of the Federal Act on Administrative Procedure (APA) (the applicant must be able to prove that he was prevented from acting so by no fault of his own). The legal requirements are very strict; If necessary, the secretariat of the department can provide information. Only when the conditions for the examination of the first step have been fulfilled, can the victim's status be processed in a second step.

You will find the most important information on the solidarity contribution and on the application procedure in the instructions shown below, and in the information leaflet published by the former FDJP delegate.

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

Electronic mailbox - (for cantonal contact points only - for the delivery of documents from the archives):

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