Dominique Baettig

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Dominique Baettig
Dominique Baettig (Nationalrat, 2008).jpg
Federal Assembly of Switzerland
In office
2007–2011
Personal details
Born 22 September 1953
Delémont
Political party SVP

Dominique Baettig (born 22 September 1953 in Delémont) is a Swiss politician and member of the Swiss People's Party. A psychiatrist by profession, he represented the canton of Jura in the National Council in the 2007–2011 legislature.[1]

Political views[edit]

In response to the Durban Review Conference, Baettig accused the Holocaust of being an instrument of Zionism to suppress free speech and demonize opponents, criticizing the belief it is not subject to historical review and examination.[2]

In 2010, Baettig submitted a motion to change the constitution in anticipation of a possible future enlargement of Switzerland.[3] It was co-signed by SVP president Toni Brunner.[3]

Baettig played a role in successfully blocking a visit by former U.S. President George W. Bush to the country in February 2011, lobbying the federal prosecutor's office to have him arrested stemming from war crimes charges.[4] Later that year, he filed another interpellation to have former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger detained if he attended the Bilderberg Conference in the country in June. The Young SVP organized a conference in protest along with the Young Socialists.[citation needed]

Baettig said the 2011 Bilderberg conference, of which Kissinger attended, was against the principles of Swiss sovereignty.[5][6] Baettig approached the gates of the Suvretta House Hotel, while the conference was being held, and asked to be admitted as "a member of the Swiss parliament". He was refused entry.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Baettig Dominique", Das Schweizer Parlament. Accessed June 11, 2011
  2. ^ "DURBAN II : CRIS, CHUCHOTEMENTS, LES ARROSEURS ARROSES" Archived September 28, 2011, at the Wayback Machine., Dominique Baettig. Swiss People's Party. May 18, 2009. Accessed June 12, 2011
  3. ^ a b Erleichterte Integration grenznaher Regionen als neue Schweizer Kantone, motion 10.3215 of 18 March 2010 by Dominique Baettig.
  4. ^ "'Avoiding the Handcuffs': George Bush Cancels Swiss Trip, After Human Rights Groups Seek Arrest on Torture Charges", John Nichols. The Nation. February 6, 2011. Accessed June 11, 2011
  5. ^ "Weniger Geheimnisse an der Bilderberg-Konferenz in St. Moritz", Suedostschweiz. June 6, 2011. Accessed June 11, 2011
  6. ^ "Bilderberg: The Uberpowerful Global Elite Meet Behind Closed Doors in St. Moritz", Anne Fournier. TIME. June 9, 2011. Accessed June 11, 2011
  7. ^ "Bilderberg 2011: The opposition steps up". The Guardian. Accessed June 11, 2011.