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Observations on Azerbaijan

Freedom of expression, assembly and association deteriorating in Azerbaijan

23/04/2014 Strasbourg
"Freedom of expression, assembly and association are regrettably deteriorating in Azerbaijan. I once again call on the authorities to pay urgent attention to these issues so as to comply with Azerbaijan's human rights obligations and commitments as a member state of the Council of Europe" said today Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, while releasing his...

2013 annual activity report

08/04/2014 Strasbourg
Today, the Commissioner Nils Muižnieks, presented his 2013 annual activity report before the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Link to the report
Visit to Romania

Romania has to ensure a better protection to persons with disabilities, children and Roma

04/04/2014 Bucharest
"I am seriously concerned by a number of reported cases of inhuman and degrading treatment of persons with disabilities living in closed institutions. Romania needs to set up an efficient national mechanism for the prevention of torture to safeguard the protection of the human rights of persons deprived of their liberty", said today Nils Muižnieks, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human...
Report on visit to Denmark

Better protection needed for migrant children in Denmark

24/03/2014 Strasbourg
"The best interests of the child are not always upheld in the context of asylum and immigration in Denmark. The Danish authorities should improve the protection they provide to migrant children, by ensuring full respect of their rights" said today Nils Muižnieks Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights in releasing the report on his visit to Denmark carried out on 19-21 November 2013. ...
Visit to Montenegro

Montenegro needs to do more to address past human rights violations and ensure media freedoms

21 March 2014 Podgorica
"Montenegro is still going through a transition period and needs to step up its efforts to provide full redress to all the victims of serious human rights violations that occurred during the wars in the 1990s, to eliminate discrimination, and to enhance media freedom" said Nils Muižnieks, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights at the end of his four-day visit to the country. The...
Letter to the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic

Czech Republic: urgent action needed to protect Roma from racist extremism

18/03/2014 Strasbourg
"I am deeply concerned about the emerging pattern of anti-Roma events in the Czech Republic – many led by racist extremists groups and organised simultaneously in different localities across the country. Their increased frequency and determined rhetoric against the Roma community call for a comprehensive response from the Czech authorities," said today Nis Muižnieks, the Council of Europe...
Report on Ukraine

Ukraine: Fight against impunity and judicial reforms are necessary to improve human rights protection

04/03/2014 Strasbourg
"The dramatic events that have been unfolding in Ukraine since November 2013 brought to the fore a number of long-standing, core human rights challenges that the Government has to address, in particular as regards the excessive use of force by the police, the independence and impartiality of the judicial system and the lack of a legislative framework governing peaceful assembly", said Nils...
Human Rights Comment

Police abuse - a serious threat to the rule of law

25/02/2014 Strasbourg
Far too often, police officers in many European countries resort to excessive use of force against protesters, mistreat persons in detention, target minorities and otherwise engage in misconduct. This undermines public trust in the state, social cohesion, and effective law enforcement, which rests on cooperation between police and local communities. It is difficult to ascertain whether police...
Visit to Ukraine

Firm action against police impunity needed in Ukraine, concludes Commissioner Muižnieks

10/02/2014 Kyiv
"Excessive force was used against protesters by law enforcement officers and others working with them in recent months in Ukraine. It is important to prevent any further violence and to ensure accountability for the serious human rights violations which have already occurred." This was the conclusion of the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, after a visit to...
Visit

Commissioner Muižnieks to visit Ukraine

03/02/2014 Strasbourg
The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, will carry out a visit to Ukraine from 4 to 10 February 2014 to focus on the human rights aspects of the current situation in the country, including policing of assemblies and the use of force in that context, as well as allegations of abductions, ill-treatment and violations of due process. The Commissioner will hold meetings...
Visit to Georgia

Georgia: greater efforts are needed to improve the administration of justice and promote tolerance

27/1/2014 Strasbourg
"Though Georgia has enacted important reforms in the justice system, further efforts are needed to strengthen the independence and impartiality of the judiciary," said Nils Muižnieks, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, at the end of a six-day visit to the country. During the visit the Commissioner examined the course of reforms in the justice sector, as well as the situation...
Human Rights Comment

Europe still haunted by antisemitism

23/01/2014 Strasbourg
"More than 70 years after the Holocaust, antisemitism is growing in Europe. While official statistics are missing in many countries, research shows that deeply ingrained hostility continues to threaten Jewish people's security and human dignity across Europe",  says Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, in his latest Human Rights Comment published today. Today's...
Legislative amendments

Ukraine: Commissioner Muižnieks to assess legislative changes

17/01/2014 Strasbourg
"Yesterday, several legislative amendments were adopted by the Ukrainian Parliament. The process took place with unusual haste; the amendments were tabled on 14 January and rushed through Parliament two days later. These amendments, which have reportedly already been signed into law by the President, raise serious concerns in terms of the country's obligations to respect human rights", said...
Report on visit to Albania

Corruption and political interference burden Albania's judicial system

16/1/2014 Strasbourg
"The high level of corruption in the judiciary seriously impedes the proper functioning of the judiciary and undermines public trust in justice and the rule of law in Albania. The authorities have to step up their efforts to ensure that all cases of corruption in the judiciary are effectively investigated and prosecuted", said Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights,...
Human Rights Comment

Sex-selective abortions are discriminatory and should be banned

15/01/2014 Strasbourg
"Selective abortions of female foetuses are well known from China and India, but they are common in some parts of Europe, too. This deeply discriminatory practice springs from the disadvantaged status of women in society. It must be vigorously countered and banned in law.", says Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, in his latest Human Rights Comment published today....
Letter to Greek Ministers

Greece must end collective expulsions

14/1/2014 Strasbourg
"The large number of reported collective expulsions by Greece of migrants, including a large number of Syrians fleeing war violence, and allegations of ill-treatment of migrants by members of the coast guard and of the border police raise serious human rights concerns. I call on the Greek authorities to carry out effective investigations into all recorded incidents and take all necessary...

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