Commissioner Muižnieks urges the Russian authorities to better respect journalists' rights and safety
09/01/2017 StrasbourgI have learned with great concern that an Instagram post published by the Speaker of the Chechen Parliament last Friday intimidated Gregory Shvedov, an editor-in-chief of Caucasian Knot – a Russian independent media outlet which covers news from the North Caucasus, including human rights violations in the region. I am also disappointed about the lack of a firm reaction by political leaders at...
Human Rights Comment
18/10/2016 StrasbourgThe Shoah stands out as one of the defining moments of history that has shaped the conscience of mankind. It is unique in its roots, implementation and envisioned totality. During my mandate as Commissioner for Human Rights, I have attended a number of ceremonies of commemoration of the victims of the Shoah, not only in Strasbourg, but also in Albania and Greece , to highlight that it is our...
Russia: Commissioner cancels visit to the country because of unacceptable restrictions imposed to his programme
11/10/2016 StrasbourgIn recent months, I have been discussing with the Russian authorities my intention to visit the Russian Federation in the third week of October to focus on several pressing human rights issues. It is with deep regret that I have to announce that this visit will not take place because of the unacceptable restrictions that the Russian authorities wanted to impose on my programme. In particular,...
Human Rights Comment
29/08/2016 StrasbourgLast March I published an Issue Paper on Missing persons and victims of enforced disappearance in Europe, aiming to help Council of Europe member states improve their law and practice. Much remains to be done, considering that thousands of cases of missing persons and enforced disappearance remain unresolved in Europe, perpetuating the suffering of their loved ones, which is passed on from one...
Third party intervention
Strasbourg 16/03/2016The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, publishes today his written observations submitted to the European Court of Human Rights on a case concerning the killing of prominent Russian human rights defender Natalia Estemirova. Observing that the murder of Natalia Estemirova should be viewed on the backdrop of a broader pattern of intimidation of human rights defenders...
10/03/2016 StrasbourgFurther to the very serious attacks against journalists and human rights defenders which occurred in Ingushetia yesterday, I have reiterated my concerns to the Russian authorities in a telephone conversation this morning. I took note that the Ministry of Interior of Ingushetia has opened an investigation in this case. This is a first step, but more has to be done. I urge both the Russian...
Пока судебная система РФ не станет более независимой, сомнения в ее эффективности останутся
As long as the judicial system of the Russian Federation does not become more independent, doubts about its effectiveness remain
Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights reiterates his call to bring Russian NGO legislation in line with European standards
09/07/2015 StrasbourgRead the opinion “Russian NGO legislation falls short of European standards and must be revised to allow human rights defenders and NGOs in Russia to work in an environment conducive to performing their essential role in society,” said today Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks, making public an updated Opinion on the legislation of the Russian Federation on...
Report on mission to Kyiv, Moscow and Crimea
In Crimea serious human rights violations and attacks on minorities and journalists require urgent action
27/10/2014 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 responsible held accountable. Urgent steps must also be taken to ensure minority rights and security, as well as media freedom and journalists’ safety” stated today Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe...
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