2011 Liechtenstein referendums

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2011 Liechtenstein referendums

In 2011, the Principality of Liechtenstein held two significant referendums. These referendums were pivotal in shaping the country's political and social landscape. The referendums took place on 27 March and 18 September 2011.

March Referendum[edit | edit source]

The first referendum, held on 27 March 2011, was centered around the issue of abortion. The proposal sought to legalize abortion within the first twelve weeks of pregnancy. This was a highly contentious issue in Liechtenstein, a predominantly Roman Catholic country. The proposal was ultimately rejected by the voters, with 52.3% voting against it.

September Referendum[edit | edit source]

The second referendum, held on 18 September 2011, dealt with the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). The referendum was initiated by a citizens' group that sought to limit the influence of the ECHR on Liechtenstein's legal system. The proposal aimed to ensure that the ECHR would not override national laws. This referendum was also rejected, with 76.1% of voters opposing the proposal.

Political Context[edit | edit source]

The 2011 referendums were held during a period of significant political activity in Liechtenstein. The country, known for its direct democracy system, allows its citizens to propose and vote on various legislative issues. These referendums are a testament to the active participation of Liechtenstein's citizens in their governance.

Impact and Aftermath[edit | edit source]

The rejection of both proposals in the 2011 referendums highlighted the conservative nature of Liechtenstein's electorate. The decision to maintain the status quo on abortion laws and the influence of the ECHR indicated a preference for traditional values and international legal standards.

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