A article from swissinfo reports that because the Swiss government are taking too long to implement the result of a referendum held in November 2010, it has launched another initiative to deport foreign criminals, this time to define exactly under which circumstances they can and cannot be deported.
By allegedly continually delaying the implementation of constitutional provisions on flimsy pretexts, the Swiss People”s Party (SVP) is accusing the federal authorities of trampling on the sovereign will of the people. The federal government has responded by warning that implementing the initiative, which demands the automatic deportation of convicted foreign criminals regardless of the seriousness of the offence, would violate humanitarian law and international treaties. It is worth noting that the latest initiative text specifies that the Swiss law would have primacy over international law.
So, we have a situation wherein treaties which were entered into are resulting in a situation the people will no longer accept and have informed their government – no more, thank you. This is similar to the decision the Swiss people took on the question of minarets.
Is that not the way democracy is supposed to work – the people calling the shots?