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Human Rights Comment

Without papers but not without rights: the basic social rights of irregular migrants

20/08/2015 Strasbourg
Those who think that irregular migrants have no rights because they have no papers are wrong. Everyone is a holder of human rights regardless of their status. It is easy to understand that the prohibition of torture protects all people but we should also be aware of the fact that basic social rights are also universal, because their enjoyment constitutes a prerequisite for human dignity....
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 Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, while releasing the report on his visit to the country carried out last May. Particularly concerning is the extensive use of administrative...
Visit to the Netherlands

The Netherlands should improve protection of the rights of asylum seekers, migrants and children

23/05/2014 Strasbourg
"The Dutch authorities should stop automatic detention of asylum seekers arriving at Dutch international (air)ports from non-Schengen countries. In particular, children and their families do not belong there" said today Nils Muižnieks, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, at the end of a three-day visit to the Netherlands, which included a visit to Schiphol airport’s migrant...

Commissioner Hammarberg intervenes before the Strasbourg Court in asylum cases concerning the Netherlands and Greece

Strasbourg, 16/03/10 - The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights made public today his third party intervention submitted to the European Court of Human Rights, following an invitation by the Court, in a group of cases concerning return of asylum seekers from the Netherlands to Greece by virtue of the EC ‘Dublin Regulation'. Commissioner Hammarberg's written submission was based on...

Netherlands: “Progress made but more efforts needed to ensure the implementation of human rights standards” says Commissioner Hammarberg’s report

[11/03/09] "The policies towards migrants and asylum-seekers require further review". This was emphasised by Thomas Hammarberg, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, when presenting today his report on the Netherlands. The report addresses also issues on children's rights, integration, actions against discrimination and intolerance, and anti-terrorism measures. While recognizing...

Report on visit to the Netherlands

Report by the Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, on his visit to the Netherlands (21-25 September 2008) CommDH(2009)2 / 11 March 2009

Netherlands: Commissioner Hammarberg to assess human rights situation

Strasbourg, 16.09.2008 – Policies affecting migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, integration, children's rights and the fight against discrimination and intolerance are some of the main topics that the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, will assess during his four-day high-level official visit to the Netherlands starting on Sunday 21 September. Mr...