France

Letter

The Commissioner addresses the French Senate on surveillance bill

20/05/2015 Strasbourg
Today the Commissioner has released a letter addressed to the members of the French Senate Commission which is discussing the surveillance bill. The Commissioner reiterates the importance of...
Visit report

France: persistent discrimination endangers human rights

17/02/2015 Strasbourg
Read the report “Despite advances in legislation and measures to combat intolerance and racism, discrimination and hate speech not only persist in France but are on the rise. There is an urgent...
Visit to France

France must keep its promises concerning equality

26/09/2014 Paris
“Despite efforts to implement the principle of equality in France, many forms of discrimination remain and show that a number of the Republic’s major undertakings are still to be honoured in this...

Commissioner's reaction to racist attacks on French Minister of Justice Taubira

14/11/2013 Strasbourg
The racist attacks on Ms Christiane Taubira, the French Minister of Justice, over the last few months give serious cause for concern. Racist speech and, more broadly speaking, the rejection of...
Visit to France

On-site visit to detention centre of Geispolsheim

30/10/2013 Strasbourg
On 29 October the Commissioner made an on-site visit to Strasbourg and its area focused on the rights of migrants and asylum seekers. After having met local lawyers and NGOs expert in this field,...

France: Off-site hearings raise human rights concerns

[Strasbourg, 17/10/2013] – In a letter sent to the Minister of Justice, Ms Christiane Taubira, on 2 October 2013 and published today, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils...

How long must LGBTI persons still wait to live free from prejudice?

[17/10/2012 11:00] "The lives of millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex persons are still burdened by widespread prejudice, stigmatisation and in some cases even violence. Many of...

Shoah reminds of need to stay vigilant against intolerance in Europe

[05/09/12 10:00] "The Shoah stands out as one of the defining moments of history that shaped the conscience of mankind. While unique in its roots, implementation and envisioned totality,...

The Commissioner concerned about the pardon of Azerbaijani army officer convicted of murder

[04/09/2012 14:00] Commissioner Muižnieks expressed today his deep concerns about Azerbaijan's decision to pardon and honour Ramil Safarov, an Azerbaijani army officer who in 2004 brutally murdered...

More determination is needed to make human rights real

Strasbourg, 26/01/12 – "Europe must move with more determination from rhetoric to enforcement of human rights standards" stated the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas...

Letter to French Minister of the Interior

[Strasbourg, 02/10/2010] Letter from the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights to Mr Brice Hortefeux, French Minister of the Interior, Overseas France and Local Authorities (French only)...

Letter the French Minister for Immigration

[Strasbourg, 21/09/2010] - Letter from the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights to Mr Eric Besson, Minister for Immigration, Integration, National Identity and Development Solidarity...

Calais: Commissioner Hammarberg discusses migration and asylum policies with the French government

Strasbourg, 20.05.2010 - At the conclusion of a two-day visit to Calais and the surrounding area as well as to Paris, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, called...

Second annual meeting of contact persons of national human rights structures

[20/11/08 17:10] On 19 and 20 November 2008, the Office of the Commissioner organised in Strasbourg the 2nd annual meeting of contact persons, from national human rights structures (NHRSs) as part...

Memorandum following visit to France

[Strasbourg, 20/11/2008] Memorandum by Thomas Hammarberg, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, following his visit to France from 21 to 23 May 2008 CommDH(2008)34 / 20 November 2008

Memorandum following visit of "Zones d'attente"

[Strasbourg, 20/11/2010] Memorandum by Thomas Hammarberg, Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, further to his visit (1 February 2008) to the Zones d'Attente (waiting areas) at...

Human Rights Commissioner Hammarberg on official visit to France

Strasbourg, 19.05.2008 – The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, will carry out a high-level visit to France starting on Tuesday 20 May to assess a broad range of...

The Commissioner and the Ombudsman of the French Republic jointly organise an international colloquy on the prevention of torture in Europe

[18/01/08 18:00] Commissioner Hammarberg and the Ombudsman of the French Republic, Jean-Paul Delevoye, organise today a colloquy on the prevention of torture, with the participation of...

Report following visit to France

[Strasbourg, 15/02/2006] Report by Mr Alvaro Gil-Robles, Commissioner for Human Rights, on the effective respect for human rights in France, following his visit (5-21 September 2005) CommDH(2006)2...