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Restrictions on freedom of expression and assembly still serious human rights concerns in Azerbaijan

11/12/2013 Strasbourg

In a video message to the Azerbaijan's Human Rights Forum, organized by the Institute for Reporters' Freedom and Safety (IRFS), in Baku, Azerbaijan, the Commissioner expressed his serious concern at the apparent intensification of the practice of unjustified or selective criminal prosecution of...

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Country visit report

Police misconduct in Turkey raises serious human rights concerns

26/11/2013 Strasbourg

"The police's handling of demonstrations in Turkey exposes once again the long-standing, serious human rights problem of the misconduct of law enforcement officials in the country. It is time for the Turkish police to improve their record of compliance with human rights standards", said today...

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Statement

Commissioner's reaction to racist attacks on French Minister of Justice Taubira

14/11/2013 Strasbourg

The racist attacks on Ms Christiane Taubira, the French Minister of Justice, over the last few months give serious cause for concern. Racist speech and, more broadly speaking, the rejection of diversity, seriously undermine human rights, human dignity and the values on which today's Europe is...

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Country visit

Albania needs to improve rule of law

26/09/2013 Tirana

"Justice and law enforcement in Albania are beset by long-standing, structural problems that have led to an almost zero level of trust by the public. The new government is faced with a historic challenge and opportunity to bring about the necessary changes in order to strengthen the rule of law...

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Azerbaijan should ease restrictions on freedom of expression and assembly

06/08/2013 Strasbourg

"Harassment of journalists and others expressing critical views in Azerbaijan is a source of serious human rights concern. The authorities should release all persons who are in detention because of their opinions and improve legislation and practice on freedom of expression and assembly" said...

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Five steps to increase women’s safety

[10/07/2013 15:00] In an opinion editorial published today by New Europe, the Commissioner warns that violence against women is one of the most widespread and serious human rights violations occurring every day in Europe. "Only in the last three weeks more than five women have been killed in...

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Country visit

Turkey: police violence must not go unpunished

08/07/2013 Strasbourg

"All instances of excessive use of force by the police must be fully investigated and adequately punished" said Nils Muižnieks, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights at the end of a five day visit to Istanbul and Ankara, during which he discussed the Gezi Park events and other human...

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Statement

Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights and OSCE media freedom representative concerned at further restrictions to free expression in Azerbaijan

06/06/2013 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, and the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatovic, expressed serious concern today at the promulgation by the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, of amendments extending the application of criminal...

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Statement

Turkey: the use of force against peaceful demonstrators must stop immediately

05/06/2013 Strasbourg

I am following with serious concern the situation in Turkey, where the extremely disproportionate use of force by the police against demonstrators in Gezi Park has sparked demonstrations in many Turkish provinces. The use of force against peaceful demonstrators must stop immediately and the...

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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...

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Europe should not fear migrants

[15/03/2013 11:00] "It is high time for European states to consider a different take on migration, one of rational management that would fully respect the civil, political and social rights of migrants", said Commissioner Muižnieks today at a Conference organized by the European Economic and...

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Human Rights Comment

Belarusian Human Rights Defenders Need Support

12/02/2013 Strasbourg

Belarus is not a member state of the Council of Europe and should not even be considered a candidate until it releases all human rights defenders and opposition activists imprisoned for political motives, abolishes the death penalty and carries out far-reaching democratic reforms. This means that...

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Statement

Albania: Commissioner urges quicker progress to establish the truth on 2011 events

21/01/2013 Strasbourg

Two years have passed after the regretful events in Tirana during which four demonstrators were shot dead and a number of policemen and protesters were injured. I remain very concerned at the fact that a number of the persons responsible for these violent acts and human rights violations have not...

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