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2010 Viewpoints

“Set history free from political distortions” says Commissioner Hammarberg
[22/03/10 10:00]
 “Historical controversies should not hold human rights hostage. One-sided interpretations or distortions of historical events have sometimes led to discrimination of minorities, xenophobia and renewal of conflict. It is crucial to establish an honest search for the truth” said Thomas Hammarberg, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, in his latest Viewpoint published today. (more)
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"Rulings anywhere that women must wear the burqa should be condemned - but banning such dresses here would be wrong" says Commissioner Hammarberg
[08/03/10 10:30] "Women should be free to choose how to dress, without interferences neither from their communities nor from state authorities" said Thomas Hammarberg, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, in his latest Viewpoint published today on the occasion of the International Women’s Day. "Prohibition of the burqa and the niqab would not liberate oppressed women, but might instead lead to their further alienation in European societies" he said. (more)
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European migration policies discriminate against Roma people
[22/02/10 10:30] “European governments are not giving Roma migrants the same treatment as others who are in similar need of protection. Roma migrants are returned by force to places where they are at risk of human rights violations” said Thomas Hammarberg, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, in his latest Viewpoint. The Commissioner stresses that the EU Directives impact differently on Roma than on other EU citizens. (more)
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"The Strasbourg Court is a source of hope for many – its continued effective functioning must be guaranteed" says Commissioner Hammarberg
[08/02/10 15:00] “The Strasbourg Court is essential to sustain the European system of human rights protection. Further measures are therefore needed to reinforce its functioning and to ensure that member states implement its decisions”, said Thomas Hammarberg, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, in his latest Viewpoint. “The Court’s decisions have concrete effects on peoples’ lives and governments should give a higher priority to their implementation." (more)
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“Minority languages need more respect” says Commissioner Hammarberg
[25/01/10 11:30]
 “Language rights have become an issue of contention within several European countries. Their denial undermines human rights and causes inter-communal tensions” said Thomas Hammarberg, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, in his latest Viewpoint published today. “The spelling of personal names on passports, the displaying of street names and other topographical indications, the language used in schools, the language requirements when communicating with the authorities and the possibility to establish minority media are some of the main issues being raised by minority representatives” said Commissioner Hammarberg. (more)
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  “Rape crimes must be prosecuted more effectively” says Commissioner Hammarberg
[11/01/10 09:30]
 “Sexual assault of women is one of the most serious and widespread human rights problems of our time. More needs to be done both to prevent and punish such crimes”, said Thomas Hammarberg, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, in his latest Viewpoint published today. The Commissioner stresses that though the legislation on sexual assault has improved considerably in European countries, the court proceedings are generally not sufficiently adapted to the seriousness of this crime and to its psychological impact upon the victims. (more)
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