Commissioner for Human Rights
The Commissioner for Human Rights is an independent institution within the Council of Europe, mandated to promote the awareness of and respect for human rights in 47 Council of Europe member states. Read more on the Mandate of the Commissioner
The initiative for setting up the institution was taken by the Council of Europe's Heads of State and Government at their Second Summit in Strasbourg on 10-11 October 1997. On 7 May 1999, the Committee of Ministers adopted a resolution which instituted the office of the Commissioner and elaborated the Commissioner's mandate. The current Commissioner, Mr. Nils Muižnieks, succeeded Thomas Hammarberg (2006-2012) and Álvaro Gil-Robles (1999-2006).
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The clip shows how the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights works.