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Commissioner Muižnieks intervenes on Estemirova case before the European Court of Human Rights

Strasbourg 16/03/2016
The 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...
Statement

Russia must shed full light on attacks against journalists and human rights defenders in Ingushetia

10/03/2016 Strasbourg
Further 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

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As long as the judicial system of the Russian Federation does not become more independent, doubts about its effectiveness remain

Kommersant, 25/02/2016 During the meeting of the President of the Russian Federation with the Russian Human Rights Council in October of last year, a few problems with regards to the functioning of the Russian judiciary were raised. President Vladimir Putin expressed readiness to examine these questions and, if necessary, to amend the law to this effect. From our point of view improvements of...
Opinion

Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights reiterates his call to bring Russian NGO legislation in line with European standards

09/07/2015 Strasbourg
Read 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 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 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...
Mission to Kyiv, Moscow and Simferopol

Human rights abuses in Crimea need to be addressed

12/09/2014 Strasbourg
“Cases of serious human rights violations, including killings, enforced disappearances, severe physical ill-treatment and arbitrary detention in Crimea[1] since March 2014 have to be addressed" said Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, at the end of a mission to Kyiv, Moscow and Simferopol from 7 to 12 September 2014. Some of the allegations implicate the...
Report on visit to the Russian Federation (2013)

Russia must strengthen the independence and the impartiality of the judiciary

12/11/2013 Strasbourg
"Substantial reforms should continue in order to remedy the systemic deficiencies in the administration of justice and strengthen the independence and impartiality of the judiciary in the Russian Federation", said today Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, releasing a report on his visit to the Russian Federation carried out from 3 to 12 April 2013. The Commissioner...
Opinion on the legislation of the Russian Federation

Russia: legislation and practice on NGOs should be revised

15/07/2013 Strasbourg
"The legislation regulating NGOs activities in Russia is complex and the excessive discretion in applying it may impede the legitimate exercise of two fundamental human rights, such as freedom of expression and association. Law and practice should be simplified and brought in line with the applicable international standards" said today Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human...

Russia: reforms should strengthen human rights in the justice system

[11/04/ 2013 12:00] "The Russian authorities have started to address several structural shortcomings in the justice system identified by the European Court of Human Rights. However, much remains to be done to ensure access to justice, remedy serious human rights violations and prevent the flow of repetitive applications before the Court," said Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights,...
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