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Roma refugees from Kosovo*: Commissioner Hammarberg calls on “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” to do more for their integration

Strasbourg, 07/09/10 – "Durable solutions should be pursued and implemented to ensure integration of Roma refugees from Kosovo" said Thomas Hammarberg, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, publishing today a letter sent to the Prime Minister of "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia". The letter followed the Commissioner's meeting with the President of the Republic on 25 June in...

Children victimised when families are forced to return to Kosovo*

 [09/07/10 09:30] Several thousand persons have been forcibly returned to Kosovo by west European states in the last few years, mainly from Austria, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland. Among the returnees have been persons belonging to minorities, and in particular Roma, Ashkali and Egyptians. For them these deportations have not had a happy ending. The UN agency for children, UNICEF, has now...

European migration policies discriminate against Roma people

[22/02/10 10:30] European governments are not giving Roma migrants the same treatment as others who are in similar need of protection. Roma migrants are returned by force to places where they are at risk of human rights violations. In Germany, Austria and "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia", large numbers of Roma migrants have been given tolerated status, essentially a form of temporary...
Visit to Kosovo*

Commissioner Hammarberg calls for stop of forced returns and immediate evacuation of Roma from lead-contaminated camps

15/02/10 Strasbourg
After the second visit within ten months to the lead-contaminated Roma camps of Česmin Lug and Osterode in northern Kosovo, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, deplored that the situation for the inhabitants remains the same: "The fact that the camps have been inhabited for a full decade is no less than a scandal. The international community has a large part...

Commissioner Hammarberg visits Kosovo* to assess the situation of forced returnees

[10/02/10 10:30] Several European governments are forcibly returning to Kosovo persons who have found shelter in their countries. To assess the situation, Thomas Hammarberg, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, visits Kosovo from 11 to 13 February. According to UN statistics more than 2 500 persons have been returned from European countries during 2009, mainly from Austria,...
Letter to Germany

Commissioner Hammarberg stresses need to halt returns to Kosovo*

15/12/2009 Strasbourg
"The forced return to Kosovo of people who have found shelter in European states should be halted", said the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights publishing today a letter to the Chancellor of Germany, Dr. Angela Merkel. He notes that Kosovo lacks infrastructures allowing refugees' sustainable reintegration. The Commissioner is particularly worried by the fact that Roma expelled from...

Letter to the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany

Letter from the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights to Mrs. Angela Merkel, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, concerning forced returns to Kosovo CommDH(2009)42 / 15 December 2009

Report on Special Mission to Kosovo (2009)

Report of the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights' Special Mission to Kosovo (23-27 March 2009) CommDH(2009)23 / 02 July 2009

“All people in Kosovo1 should benefit from European standards of human rights protection” says Commissioner Hammarberg on publishing his report

Strasbourg, 02.07.2009 – Presenting his special mission report on Kosovo today, the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights stressed that all people living in Kosovo, regardless of their ethnicity, must benefit from European standards of human rights protection. They should not be held hostage to any lack of international consensus on the status of Kosovo. The Commissioner analyses...

Kosovo*: Exchange between the Commissioner and the UN on the environmental disaster in Roma camp

[23/04/09 12:00] The Commissioner published today an exchange of letters with Ambassador Lamberto Zannier, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in Kosovo on the situation of the Roma, Askhali and Egyptian families who are living in the lead-contaminated camps of Cesmin Lug and Osterode in north Mitrovica.Offering his support to UNMIK, the Commissioner stresses the urgency of...
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