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Human Rights Comment

Access to registered same-sex partnerships: it’s a question of equality

21/02/2017 Strasbourg

There is a growing trend in Europe and beyond towards granting same-sex couples legal recognition for their relationships, which confers certain specific protections. The first country to provide “registered partnerships” was Denmark in 1989, while The Netherlands was first to adopt same-sex...

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Country visit

Ireland: advance equality of Travellers and women

25/11/2016 Dublin

“I am deeply concerned at the persisting social exclusion and discrimination Travellers are confronted with in Ireland”, said the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks today, concluding a three-day visit to the country. With Travellers having been affected in a gravely...

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Improvements needed in human rights protection in Ireland

[06/12/2012 10:00] "Several changes in the system for human rights protection are planned or under way in Ireland. The authorities should use this opportunity to strengthen this system and make it more compliant with international standards" said today Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe...

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Letter to the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence of Ireland

Letter from the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, to the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence of Ireland, Mr Alan Shatter CommDH(2012)35 / 6 December 2012 Reply from the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence of Ireland, Mr Alan Shatter, to Nils Muižnieks,...

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Letter to the Minister for Social Protection of Ireland

Letter from the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, to the Minister for Social Protection of Ireland, Ms Joan BURTON CommDH(2012)37 / 6 December 2012 Reply from the Minister for Social Protection of Ireland, Ms Joan Burton, to Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe...

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Letter to the Minister of State with special responsibility for Disability, Equality, Mental Health and Older People of Ireland

Letter from the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, to the Minister of State with special responsibility for Disability, Equality, Mental Health and Older People of Ireland, Ms Kathleen Lynch CommDH(2012)36 / 6 December 2012 Reply from Ms Kathleen Lynch, Minister of...

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Report on visit to Ireland

Report by Thomas Hammarberg, Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, following his visit to Ireland from 1 to 2 June 2011 CommDH(2011)27 / 15 September 2011

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The �Dublin Regulation� undermines refugee rights

[22/09/10 09:30] The asylum procedures of European countries are still flawed � they need to be improved and better harmonised. One of the necessary reforms is to overhaul the dysfunctional so-called Dublin Regulation within the European Union. Under the Dublin system, the responsibility for...

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Report on visit to Ireland

Report by the Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr Thomas hammarberg, on his visit to Ireland from 26 to 30 November 2007 CommDH(2008)9 / 30 April 2008

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Commissioner for Human Rights concludes assessment visit to Ireland

[30/11/07 13:00] The Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, has concluded today a five-day high-level official visit to Ireland, where he assessed a broad range of human rights issues, focusing mainly on children's rights, juvenile justice, migrants' and women's rights, treatment of...

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