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Around The Sentence: In Switzerland, can a criminal’s relatives be punished?

The Sentence tells the story of Cindy Shank, who was sentenced to 15 years in prison for being the girlfriend of a drug dealer: in the United States, she is guilty of involvement in a criminal organization. In Switzerland too, according to article 260ter of the Swiss Criminal Code, participation in or support for a criminal and terrorist organization is punishable. The Federal Chambers are currently considering a revision of this standard that foresees the strengthening of the repression not only of members of these organizations, but also for those who only “support” them. How far are we willing to expand repression, criminalize innocuous acts and punish them with prison sentences, in the name of security? What will we choose between freedom or security?

United StatesJusticeSwitzerland

Sunday 17 March


Espace Pitoëff - Théâtre

Discussion en français

Co-presented with the University of Geneva


Ruth Dreifuss Former President of the Swiss Confederation, president of the Global Commission on Drug Policy

Ursula Cassani Professor of Criminal Law at the University of Geneva

Lionel Halpérin President of the Geneva Bar Association

Moderated by

Xavier Colin Founder of GEOPOLITIS on RTS and TV5MONDE, associate fellow at the Geneva Center for Security Policy (GCSP)

This debat is preceded by the movie:

Thematic film

The Sentence

By Rudy Valdez

Cindy Shank, a young mother of three, is serving fifteen years in prison for crimes committed by her ex-boyfriend. Incensed by this injustice, her brother Rudy chronicles the fight led by her family for her release, over the course of ten years, and reveals the horrifying consequences of the irreducible sentences related to drugs in the United States. The film will be accompanied by a discussion in the presence of Ruth Dreifuss, who will shed light on Switzerland's position on the issue.

  • Section Thematic film

North AmericaJustice

Rudy Valdez


  • Jackie Kelman Bisbee
  • Sam Bisbee

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