Human Rights Comment
Well-funded and strong public service media are a good indicator that a democracy is healthy – this is the result of a study published last year by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). The report notably found that countries that have popular, well-funded public service broadcasters encounter...
Spain: Commissioner Muižnieks calls for guidance to border police on how to handle migration flows in Ceuta and Melilla
In a letter to the Minister of Interior of Spain published today, Commissioner Muižnieks has urged the Spanish authorities to adopt a procedural framework to ensure that border police in Ceuta and Melilla have clear instructions on how to handle mixed migration flows in full compliance with human...
Third party intervention
Commissioner Muižnieks intervenes before the European Court of Human Rights on migration cases concerning Spain
Today, Commissioner Muižnieks has submitted written observations to the European Court of Human Rights in relation to two complaints concerning alleged pushbacks of migrants from the Spanish city of Melilla to Morocco. Basing his observations on his visit to Melilla in January 2015 as well as on...
Human Rights Comment
Those who think that irregular migrants have no rights because they have no papers are wrong. Everyone is a holder of human rights regardless of their status. It is easy to understand that the prohibition of torture protects all people but we should also be aware of the fact that basic social...
Yesterday’s adoption by the Senate of the amendment to Spain’s Aliens Act falls short of providing clear guarantees against refoulement and collective expulsions, and of establishing adequate safeguards for the right of every person to seek and enjoy asylum, irrespective of the way they reach...
Visit to Spain
“The proposed amendments to the Aliens Act aimed at legalising push-backs of migrants arriving in Ceuta and Melilla currently discussed in Spain are in clear breach of human rights law. The Spanish authorities should reconsider them and ensure that any future legislation fully abides by Spain's...
Huffington Post Spain, 10/12/2014 The proposal to legalise automatic collective expulsions of migrants arriving in Ceuta and Melilla is wrong and unlawful under international law. Such a move would inevitably erode fundamental human-rights protections that the international community has fought...
[Strasbourg, 09/10/2013] - "Cuts in social, health and educational budgets have led to a worrying growth of family poverty in Spain. This has had a particularly negative impact on the enjoyment of human rights by children and persons with disabilities. The Spanish authorities should do more to...
[07/06/2013 15:00] "All efforts should be made by the Spanish authorities to assess and limit the negative impact of budgetary cuts on the most vulnerable groups, in particular children and persons with disabilities" stated Nils Muižnieks, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights at...
[03/12/2012 10:00] In an interview with the Spanish news agency EFE, the Commissioner expressed his concerns about the decision of the Spanish Government to pardon 5 police officers who were condemned in 2008 for a case of torture. Stressing that torture and other forms of ill-treatment are...
Letter from the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights to Ms Leire Pajin, Minister of Health, Social Policy and Equality of Spain CommDH(2011)19 / 1 juin 2011 Reply of the Minister of Health, Social Policy and Equality of Spain, Ms Leire Pajin, to the letter of the Council of Europe...
[01/06/11 10:00] – "Over recent years, Spain has adopted constructive programmes to foster Roma integration. They should be consolidated and further developed, in particular as concerns access to employment, housing and education" said the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas...
Report by Mr Alvaro Gil-Robles, Commissioner for Human Rights, on his visit to Spain (10-19 March 2005) CommDH(2005)8 / 09 November 2005 CommDH(2005)8 / 09 November 2005 (in Spanish)
Report by Mr Alvaro Gil-Robles, Commissioner for Human Rights, on his visit to Spain and the Basque Country (5-8 February 2001) CommDH(2001)2 / 09 March 2001 CommDH(2001)2 / 09 March 2001 ( in Spanish)
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