2012 News

Restrictions on defenders of migrants’ rights should stop

[19/12/2012 10:00] Defamation, threats, verbal and physical attacks, administrative sanctions and judicial harassment are used to deter human rights defenders from working with migrants and from combating the rising xenophobia and racism in Europe. Perpetrators can be both state and non-state actors. (more)

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...

Stop chasing Roma. Start including them

[22/11/2012 10:00] Evictions of Roma are on the rise in Europe In recent years, the situation of Roma has been largely debated in Europe. However, this attention for the situation of the most discriminated minority in Europe has not been matched by much concrete action by governments. European countries continue too often to resort to old methods of dealing with this pressing human...

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...

States must take resolute measures to end school segregation of Roma

[08/11/2012 11:00] "Roma children are experiencing segregated and substandard education in the school systems in the majority of the 47 Council of Europe member states. The consequences are devastating. It makes it very hard for these children to escape poverty and marginalisation later on in life. Non-integration also generates large – and unnecessary – costs for society at large. ...
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