Human Rights Comment
17/04/2015 StrasbourgHistory continues to divide Armenian and Turkish officialdom, but there are many civil society, cultural and academic initiatives aiming to reconnect the two societies. April 24 marks the...
02/04/2015 StrasbourgCommissioner Muižnieks is concerned about reports that the Crimean Tatar ATR TV has been forced to stop broadcasting in Crimea. Current obstacles placed by the authorities to the work of ATR and...
Third party intervention
Commissioner Muižnieks intervenes before the European Court of Human Rights on the cases of Rasul Jafarov and Anar Mammadli
01/04/2015 StrasbourgToday the Commissioner made public two written contributions sent to the European Court of Human Rights concerning the cases of human rights defenders Rasul Jafarov and Anar Mammadli. Following the...
Visit to Serbia
20/03/2015 Belgrade«Serbia needs to take immediate steps to address serious issues relating to the right to legal capacity of persons with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities and their de-institutionalisation...
Third party intervention
Commissioner Muižnieks intervenes before the European Court of Human Rights on the case of Intigam Aliyev
18/03/2015 StrasbourgToday the Commissioner made public his written contribution sent to the European Court of Human Rights concerning the case of human rights defender and lawyer Intigam Aliyev. The Commissioner...
13/03/2015 StrasbourgYesterday’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...
Armenia should intensify its efforts to ensure gender equality and protect human rights in the justice system
10/03/2015 StrasbourgRead the report “Gender inequality and violence against women are serious human rights concerns in Armenia. More vigorous efforts are needed to address them,” said today Nils Muižnieks, Council of...
Third party interventions
Commissioner Muižnieks intervenes in cases concerning Azerbaijan before the European Court of Human Rights
24/02/2015 StrasbourgToday, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, published written observations submitted to the European Court of Human Rights on the case of Hilal Mammadov against...
17/02/2015 StrasbourgRead 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 Bulgaria
Bulgaria: progress needed to better protect children, improve media freedom and uphold the human rights of migrants
12/02/2015 Sofia« Bulgaria should ensure that children’s rights are fully respected in the process of de-institutionalisation and reforming the juvenile justice system» said today Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe...
Visit to Norway
23/01/2015 Oslo"Norway should recognise the legal capacity of all people with disabilities, including persons with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities” - said Nils Muižnieks, the Council of Europe...
Visit to Spain
16/01/2015 Madrid“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...
18/12/2014 StrasbourgThe government in Kyiv, aid organisations and the international community must work together to address the humanitarian crisis created by the fighting in the east.
Report on visit to Hungary
16/12/2014 StrasbourgRead the report “Hungary should better ensure media freedom, combat widespread intolerance and discrimination, and improve the protection of the human rights of migrants” said today Nils Muižnieks,...
15/12/2014 StrasbourgI am following with deep concern the events unfolding in Turkey. The arrest yesterday of journalists and media workers is a serious setback for media freedom in the country. Irrespective of the...
Visit to Ukraine
08/12/2014 Strasbourg“The armed conflict in eastern Ukraine has had devastating effects on the human rights of the population. The humanitarian situation is also extremely difficult and people continue to suffer...
Report on mission to Kyiv, Moscow and Crimea
In Crimea serious human rights violations and attacks on minorities and journalists require urgent action
27/102014 StrasbourgReport “All cases of serious human rights violations that have occurred in Crimea since February 2014, including the recent cases of abductions, must be effectively investigated and those...
Visit to Azerbaijan
24/10/2014 Baku“The targeting of human rights defenders in Azerbaijan must stop” said the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, at the end of a two-day visit to the country. “The...
Report on visit to the Netherlands
14/10/2014 Strasbourg“The Netherlands has a solid human rights protection system, but in practice there are shortcomings, in particular as concerns migrants and children, that need to be addressed” said today Nils...
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