Tribune de Genève.
On Wednesday, the government of Geneva received a request for a pardon.
Last summer, a 46 year old Bolivian woman, living illegally in Switzerland, went to court after she was assaulted in a bar in Geneva. The woman, who was badly hurt on the face with broken glass, won her case and her aggressor was charged with causing bodily harm.
Unfortunately for the victim, the judge also charged her with living in Switzerland illegally. The canton’s office of migration then decided to deport the woman.
The woman’s lawyer, Yann Lam, has now requested she be pardoned and allowed to stay. He says he often sees vulnerable people who fail to defend their rights because of their visa status.
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Geneva has Switzerland’s highest per capita number of illegal residents, 27 per 1,000. Latin Americans are the largest group, making up 43% of the national total.
The government of Geneva’s Grand Council is expected to respond in the coming weeks.