Human Rights Comment
18/10/2016 StrasbourgThe Shoah stands out as one of the defining moments of history that has shaped the conscience of mankind. It is unique in its roots, implementation and envisioned totality. During my mandate as Commissioner for Human Rights, I have attended a number of ceremonies of commemoration of the victims of the Shoah, not only in Strasbourg, but also in Albania and Greece , to highlight that it is our...
16/02/2016 Strasbourg“Many Roma continue to face serious forms of discrimination and human rights violations by authorities at both national and local levels. In particular, forced evictions without due process and provision of adequate alternative housing continue unabated across Europe, in violation of member states' international human rights obligations” said today Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner...
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16/01/2014 Strasbourg"The high level of corruption in the judiciary seriously impedes the proper functioning of the judiciary and undermines public trust in justice and the rule of law in Albania. The authorities have to step up their efforts to ensure that all cases of corruption in the judiciary are effectively investigated and prosecuted", said Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights,...
26/09/2013 Tirana"Justice and law enforcement in Albania are beset by long-standing, structural problems that have led to an almost zero level of trust by the public. The new government is faced with a historic challenge and opportunity to bring about the necessary changes in order to strengthen the rule of law and human rights protection", stated Nils Muižnieks, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human...
21/01/2013 StrasbourgTwo years have passed after the regretful events in Tirana during which four demonstrators were shot dead and a number of policemen and protesters were injured. I remain very concerned at the fact that a number of the persons responsible for these violent acts and human rights violations have not yet been held to account. I urge the Albanian government to proceed to the completion of a...
06/11/2012 Strasbourg"In spite of recent legislative steps aimed at improving the free legal aid system in Albania, concerns remain about its compatibility with the Council of Europe standards in this field" said today the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, publishing a letter addressed to the Minister of Justice of Albania, Mr Eduard Halimi. The Commissioner is concerned by the low...
Country visit report
Albania: political forces must co-operate with the General Prosecutor’s investigation into the violence at the 21 January demonstration in Tirana
22/02/2011 Strasbourg"There is a need for a thorough, impartial and credible investigation into the human rights violations which took place in Tirana on 21 January" said Commissioner Thomas Hammarberg today when publishing a special report following a three-day visit to Albania. He had assessed the human rights aspects of developments during a demonstration at which four demonstrators were shot dead and a number...
Country visit report
18/06/2008 StrasbourgThe Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, today presented a report on the human rights situation in Albania. In the document, the Commissioner underlined the positive steps undertaken by the Albanian authorities to improve the protection of human rights, but expressed some concerns on structural problems which still affect the country. In particular, he made a...
07/11/07 Strasbourg"The time has come to move from standard setting to implementation" Commissioner Hammarberg said at today's press conference concluding his official visit to Albania. "Important laws are in place and strategies have been adopted, but more has to be done to ensure an effective implementation of the standards." During his visit, the Commissioner focused on a broad range of issues including the...
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