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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...

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Letter

Letter to the Minister of Justice of Albania, concerning free legal aid

Letter from the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, to Mr Ylli Manjani, Minister of Justice of Albania, concerning free legal aid Read the letter CommDH(2016)44

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Letter

European countries must stop forced evictions of Roma

headline 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...

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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...

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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...

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Statement

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...

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Letter

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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