CSMP Unit and the Advisory Committee

CSMP Unit

The Federal Office of Justice’s CSMP Unit bears primary responsibility for implementing the CSMPA and its Ordinance. The main task of the Unit is to process and decide on applications for solidarity contributions. The Unit works to implement the CSMPA in collaboration with the cantonal contact points and the archives at the various levels of government. It may seek advice from the Advisory Committee on particular issues concerning the processing of applications.

The Unit also examines self-help projects set up by organisations representing victims and others who are affected, and decides if they will receive a financial contribution. It also works with those responsible for the academic enquiry to disseminate and apply the findings of the research.

The Advisory Committee

On 15 February 2017, the Federal Department of Justice and Police set up an Advisory Committee, the purpose of which is to support the CSMP Unit as it assesses applications for solidarity contributions (Art. 6 (3) CSMPA and Art. 5 CSMPO). This Committee has nine members, some of whom were themselves affected by compulsory social measures and placements.

The principal role of the Advisory Committee is to investigate:

  • Procedural issues
  • Questions of principle and
  • Particularly delicate (borderline) applications

Further information on the Committee’s meetings can be found in its published meeting minutes.

  • Luzius Mader, former FDJP delegate for victims of compulsory social measures and former Deputy Director of the Federal Office of Justice, President
  • Elsbeth Aeschlimann, former member of the roundtable and former manager of the victims' advice centre/contact point
  • Lisa Yolanda Hilafu-Brönnimann, former President of "Zwangsadoption-Schweiz" and former member of the roundtable, personally affected
  • Urs Allemann-Caflisch, former emergency aid board member, personally affected
  • Laetitia Bernard, staff member at the victims’ advice centre/contact point, Canton of Fribourg, and former emergency aid board member
  • Guido Fluri, businessman and originator of the victims' reparation initiative, personally affected
  • Barbara Studer Immenhauser, archivist for the Bern cantonal archives and President of the Conference of the Directors of Swiss Archives ADK, former member of the roundtable
  • Christian Raetz, Head of Mediation Office, Canton of Vaud
  • Maria Luisa Zürcher, former deputy director of the Association of Swiss Communes, former member of the roundtable and emergency aid board

The first meeting of the Advisory Committee was held on 7 March 2017 at the Federal Office of Justice, and was chaired by Luzius Mader. The main topics covered during this first session were the presentation of the members of the Committee, their tasks and duties, the specific procedure for carrying out future work, exchanging data (planned), the current position, practical questions (working language, schedule of meetings, etc.) as well as internal and external communication. The meeting was constructive and bodes well for the future.
Protokoll 1. Sitzung 
Procès-verbal de la 1ère séance 
(This document is not available in English)

The second meeting of the Advisory Committee was held on 21 June 2017 at the Federal Office of Justice, and was chaired by Luzius Mader. The main topics covered during this second session were the current status of work to process applications for solidarity contributions, decisions (positive or negative), the presence of the Advisory Committee on the internet, the definition of "victim" according to the law, the prioritisation of applications, and self-help projects. The decisions taken at this meeting will be implemented as part of the work of the CSMP Unit. 
Protokoll 2. Sitzung 
Procès-verbal de la 2ème séance
(This document is not available in English)

The third meeting of the Advisory Committee was held on 22 August 2017 at the Federal Office of Justice. The main topics covered during this session were the current status, the list of applications already processed, model decisions (positive or negative), the working process, the press conference of 6 July 2017, the flyer, self-help projects, the academic enquiry, and planning for 2018. 
Protokoll 3. Sitzung 
Procès-verbal de la 3e séance
(This document is not available in English)

The fourth meeting of the Advisory Committee was held on 17 October 2017 at the Federal Office of Justice and was chaired by Luzius Mader. The main topics covered during this fourth session were the current status, the distribution of more than 10,000 flyers to various institutions (Caritas, Spitex, etc.), preliminary decisions, the meeting of the IEC on 2 November 2017 and the meeting of contact points. The initiative put forward by National Councillor Schneider Schüttel, self-help projects and NRP76 were also discussed. Finally, there was an in-depth discussion of one application which raises particularly delicate questions.
Protokoll 4. Sitzung 
Procès-verbal de la 4e séance
(This document is not available in English)

The fifth meeting of the Advisory Committee was held on 7 December 2017 at the Federal Office of Justice. The main topics covered during this session were the current status, the list of applications already processed, priority applications, contact with those affected, self-help projects, and planning for 2018.
Protokoll 5. Sitzung
Procès-verbal de la 5e séance
(This document is not available in English)

The sixth meeting of the Advisory Committee was held on 6 March 2018 at the Federal Office of Justice and was chaired by Luzius Mader. The main topics covered at the meeting were the current status, the list of applications already processed, self-help projects, the deadline for submitting applications for solidarity contributions, the last meeting of the roundtable, the termination of the work and role of the federal government delegate for victims of CSMP, and the supporting role of the cantonal contact points. In addition, there was an in-depth discussion of a number of applications which raise particularly delicate questions..
Protokoll 6. Sitzung
Procès-verbal de la 7e séance
(This document is not available in English)

The seventh meeting of the Advisory Committee took place on 23 May 2018 at the Federal Office of Justice. The main topics discussed during this session were the current status, the list of applications already processed, applications from deceased victims, the final 17 May 2018 meeting between the members of the roundtable and Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga in Bern, media presence, and the deadline for submitting applications for solidarity contributions.
Protokoll 7. Sitzung
Procès-verbal de la 7e séance
(This document is not available in English)

Protokoll 8. Sitzung
Procès-verbal de la 8e séance 
(This document is not available in English)

Protokoll 9. Sitzung
Procès-verbal de la 9e séance 
(This document is not available in English)

Protokoll 10. Sitzung
Procès-verbal de la 10e séance 
(This document is not available in English)

Protokoll 11. Sitzung
Procès-verbal de la 11e séance
(This document is not available in English)

Protokoll 12. Sitzung
Procès-verbal de la 12e séance
(This document is not available in English)

Protokoll 13. Sitzung
(This document is not available in English)

2019

  • 26 February 2019
  • 30 April 2019
  • 25 June 2019
  • 27 August 2019
  • 22 October 2019
  • 26 November 2019

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