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Human Rights Comment

Why remembering the Holocaust is a human rights imperative

18/10/2016 Strasbourg
The 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...

European countries must stop forced evictions of Roma

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...
Country visit report

Corruption and political interference burden Albania's judicial system

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,...
Country visit

Albania needs to improve rule of law

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...

Albania: Commissioner urges quicker progress to establish the truth on 2011 events

21/01/2013 Strasbourg
Two 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...

Albania should make its legal aid system more accessible

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

Albania: Commissioner Hammarberg presents human-rights report

18/06/2008 Strasbourg
The 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...
Country visit

Albania: “Time to implement human rights standards”

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...
Country visit

Commissioner Hammarberg to assess human rights situation in Albania

26/10/07 Strasbourg
Starting Monday 29 October, Thomas Hammarberg will pay a five-day high-level official visit to Albania to assess the overall human rights situation in the country. Mr Hammarberg's agenda focuses on a broad range of issues including the functioning of the judiciary, conditions of detention, torture and ill-treatment, trafficking in human beings, gender equality, Roma and minority rights as well...