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Human Rights Comment

Armenian-Turkish Reconnections and Human Rights

17/04/2015 Strasbourg
History 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...
Media freedom

Commissioner Muižnieks calls for unhindered broadcasting of ATR TV

02/04/2015 Strasbourg
Commissioner 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 Strasbourg
Today 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

Serbia urged to safeguard the human rights of persons with disabilities and displaced Roma

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 Strasbourg
Today 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...

Spain : Commissioner concerned about adoption of amendment to the Aliens Act

13/03/2015 Strasbourg
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...
Visit report

Armenia should intensify its efforts to ensure gender equality and protect human rights in the justice system

10/03/2015 Strasbourg
Read 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 Strasbourg
Today, 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...
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 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

Recognise legal capacity of all people with disabilities

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

Spain: Legislation and practice on immigration and asylum must adhere to human rights standards

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...
Opinion editorial

Eastern Ukraine: the humanity behind the headlines

18/12/2014 Strasbourg
The 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

Hungary: progress needed on media freedom, anti-discrimination measures and migrants’ rights

16/12/2014 Strasbourg
Read 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,...

Commissioner concerned about arrest of journalists in Turkey

15/12/2014 Strasbourg
I 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...

Spain cannot legalise what is illegal

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...
Visit to Ukraine

Conflict in eastern Ukraine has dire impact on human rights

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 Strasbourg
Report “All cases of serious human rights violations that have occurred in Crimea[1] since February 2014, including the recent cases of abductions, must be effectively investigated and those...
Visit to Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan: Stop reprisals against human rights defenders

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

Migrants’ and children’s rights need better protection in 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...