Swiss voters will decide in a referendum on Sunday whether to change the constitution so Swiss companies are liable at home for human rights abuses or environmental harm they cause abroad.
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A Belarusian woman who lives in Switzerland is one of hundereds of protesters facing long sentences for demonstrating against President Alexander Lukashenko.
Leaders of EU and China have tentatively approved an investment pact that Brussels hopes will open up lucrative opportunities despite concerns about Beijing's record on human rights.
Swiss voters have narrowly rejected stricter ethical rules for many global firms based in the Alpine republic. A separate poll calling on banks and pension funds to stop funding arms makers was also defeated.
The US Commerce Department has said it wants to keep US technology from being used for "malign" purposes, and accuses the listed Chinese companies of complicity in human rights abuses.
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