News 2012

Restrictions on defenders of migrants’ rights should stop

Human Rights Comment Strasbourg 19/12/2012 A man protests the law, which prohibits to provide aid to illegal immigrants - 8 April 2009 at Place St. Michel in Paris, France. The poster says ‘Arrest me, otherwise I do it again’ Olga Besnard / Shutterstock.com Defamation, threats, verbal and physical attacks, administrative sanctions and judicial...

Commissioner’s visit to Greece postponed

[10/12/2012 10:00] The Commissioner's visit to Greece scheduled for 9-13 December had to be postponed because of severe air traffic problems at the Frankfurt airport on Sunday. A new date for the visit in the first months of 2013 should be fixed soon.

Improvements needed in human rights protection in Ireland

[06/12/2012 10:00] "Several changes in the system for human rights protection are planned or under way in Ireland. The authorities should use this opportunity to strengthen this system and make it more compliant with international standards" said today Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, publishing three letters addressed to the Ministers for Justice, Social...

Effective measures needed to eradicate ill-treatment and torture in Georgia

Letter to Georgian authorities Strasbourg 04/12/2012 "The Georgian authorities should address long-standing concerns about ill-treatment of prisoners and other detained persons by public officials and take effective steps to repair the system of accountability. Constant vigilance is necessary to ensure the effectiveness of the absolute prohibition of torture. I...

Spain: Commissioner concerned about the pardon of police officers condemned for torture

[03/12/2012 10:00] In an interview with the Spanish news agency EFE, the Commissioner expressed his concerns about the decision of the Spanish Government to pardon 5 police officers who were condemned in 2008 for a case of torture. Stressing that torture and other forms of ill-treatment are serious violations of human rights which should never be pardoned, the Commissioner said that "the...

Human rights of Roma and social cohesion should be strengthened, says Commissioner Muižnieks in Skopje

[29/11/2012 14:00] "The authorities of "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" should address more vigorously the factors which continue to undermine social cohesion in this multiethnic country. Targeted initiatives should be developed to build trust and promote social interaction between the communities, as well as to combat discrimination and end social exclusion, in particular of...

Roma segregation remains a serious problem in the Czech Republic

[15/11/2012 15:00] "The "practical schools" in the Czech Republic perpetuate segregation of Roma children, inequality and racism. They should be phased out and replaced by mainstream schools that need to be properly prepared to host and provide support to all pupils, irrespective of their ethnic origin. There are certain examples in the country that show the feasibility of this necessary...

Enhancing freedom of expression in Azerbaijan

[08/11/2012 14:00] At the end of a meeting with the Azerbaijani media on the safety of journalists held yesterday in Baku, Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatovic, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media and Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission, stated that they stand ready to support progress in Azerbaijan in the field of...

Albania should make its legal aid system more accessible

[06/11/2012 10:00] "In spite of recent legislative steps aimed at improving the free legal aid system in Albania, concerns remain about its compatibility with the Council of Europe standards in this field" said today the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, publishing a letter addressed to the Minister of Justice of Albania, Mr Eduard Halimi. The...

How long must LGBTI persons still wait to live free from prejudice?

[17/10/2012 11:00] "The lives of millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex persons are still burdened by widespread prejudice, stigmatisation and in some cases even violence. Many of them are treated as second-class human beings. This situation is unbearable in today's Europe", said the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, on the eve of his...
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