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Slovakia: “Segregation and anti-Gypsyism at the core of Roma exclusion”

Strasbourg, 20/12/11 – "Concrete action to counter anti-Gypsyism and discrimination against Roma must be given priority by the authorities of Slovakia" said the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, releasing today his report following a visit to Slovakia carried out from 26 to 27 September 2011, which focuses on the protection of the human rights of...

The increasing repression in Belarus is worrying

Strasbourg, 19/12/11 – One year has passed since the fraudulent presidential election in Belarus declared Lukashenka as the winner. What came after was an increasing and unacceptable repression, said today the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights in an article published by the weekly New Europe . Thousands of people took part in the protest demonstrations in Minsk in...

Media freedom under threat in Europe

London, 08/12/11 – Ahead of human rights day (10 December 2011), Thomas Hammarberg, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, launched the publication Human rights and a changing media landscape at a press conference in London, hosted by ARTICLE 19, on Thursday 8 December 2011. "The defence of all human rights depends on media freedom and pluralism. This makes it...

Ukraine: The independence and efficiency of the judiciary must be protected as a matter of priority

Kyiv, 25/11/11 – "The protection of the right to a fair trial should be central to judicial reform efforts" said the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, at the end of a week-long visit to Ukraine. "In order to guarantee this fundamental human right to everyone, courts must be independent, impartial, and efficient." A large proportion of the judgments...

Moldova: time has come to strengthen protection of the rights of people with disabilities, Roma and other vulnerable groups

Chisinau, 21/10/11 – "A prompt adoption of a comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation will be an important step towards a more effective protection of the rights of the vulnerable groups in Moldova", said the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights at the end of a three-day visit to Moldova. "It should be accompanied by an education and public awareness campaign to ensure...

Access to justice for persons with disabilities: Commissioner Hammarberg intervenes before the Strasbourg Court

Strasbourg, 18/10/11 – "Persons with disabilities are all too often denied access to justice on an equal basis with others", said the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, submitting written observations to the European Court of Human Rights on a case concerning the treatment of a person with disability in Romania. The case has been lodged by the...

Human rights principles need to be firmly embedded in Turkish justice system

Strasbourg, 14/10/11 – "There are some long-standing, systemic dysfunctions in the Turkish justice system adversely affecting the enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms. Issues related to the independence and impartiality of judges and prosecutors, excessively lengthy pre-trial detention and judicial proceedings are some of the major issues which call for the government's...

Serbia: Further progress needed to foster reconciliation and social inclusion

"Important steps have been taken to overcome the legacy of the violent past. Sustained efforts are however necessary in order to achieve post-war justice and reconciliation, eradicate discrimination and enhance freedom of the media" said the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, releasing today a report following his visit to Serbia from 12 to 15 June 2011.

Impunity and insecurity undermine human rights protection in the North Caucasus

[06/09/11 09:30] "The situation in the North Caucasus continues to present major challenges for the protection of human rights. The efforts made to improve the quality of life of the people living in the region should continue, but greater determination is needed to put an end to serious human rights violations, such as abductions, disappearances and ill-treatment of detained persons",...

Impunity and insecurity undermine human rights protection in the North Caucasus

Strasbourg, 06/09/11 – "The situation in the North Caucasus continues to present major challenges for the protection of human rights. The efforts made to improve the quality of life of the people living in the region should continue, but greater determination is needed to put an end to serious human rights violations, such as abductions, disappearances and ill-treatment of detained...