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Speech

Upholding the human rights of persons with disabilities in Armenia

19/09/2018 Yerevan

The Commissioner delivered a keynote speech today at the closing conference “Social Rights of Persons with Disabilities” organised in Yerevan, Armenia. Download the speech CommDH/Speech(2018)6 (Pdf) Watch the video (Facebook) Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a real pleasure to be here...

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Country visit report

Albania should continue improving child protection and inclusion of persons with disabilities

13/09/2018 Strasbourg

“The protection of children and inclusion of persons with disabilities has improved in Albania, but the authorities still have to address remaining shortcomings”, said today Dunja Mijatović, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, while releasing the report on her visit to the country...

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Letter

Commissioner urges the UK to initiate an independent, judge-led inquiry into counterterrorism abuses

04/09/2018 Strasbourg

Today the Commissioner published a letter she addressed to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Theresa May, in which she urges the UK Government to initiate a judge-led inquiry on detainee mistreatment and rendition following the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001. The letter follows up...

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Letter

The Commissioner asks for urgent measures to address the situation of several prisoners and detainees in Russia and Ukraine

21/08/2018 Strasbourg

Today, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, published letters addressed, respectively, to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Sergey Lavrov, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Pavlo Klimkin, concerning the situation of several...

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Speech

Commemoration of the Roma Holocaust: our duty to remember, and to combat persisting anti-Gypsyism in today’s Europe

02/08/2018 Auschwitz-Birkenau

Today, Commissioner Mijatović is participating, in Auschwitz-Birkenau, in the ceremony of commemoration of the Roma Holocaust during the Second World War. In her speech she pays respect to the survivors of the genocide, stresses the duty to remember and the crucial importance of combating...

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Letter

The Commissioner requests decisive measures to safeguard Oyub Titiev’s rights

17/07/2018 Strasbourg

Today the Commissioner published a letter she sent to the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, Mr Yury Chaika, concerning the situation of Mr Oyub Titiev, the leading member of the Human Rights Centre Memorial who is being prosecuted in the Chechen Republic. In the letter, the...

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Third party intervention

Commissioner Mijatović intervenes before the Strasbourg Court on the right to vote of persons with disabilities

17/07/2018 Strasbourg

“No one should be deprived of their right to vote because of their disabilities. Persons with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities are no exception”, said today Dunja Mijatović, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, while publishing her written observations submitted to the...

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Speech

We must not forget Srebrenica

11/07/2018 Srebrenica-Potočari

Today, Commissioner Mijatović, participated in the commemoration of the 23rd anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide. In her speech she expressed her deepest condolences to the families of the victims, honoured the memory of the victims and called on all political leaders in Bosnia and Herzegovina...

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Statement

European states must put human rights at the centre of their migration policies

headline 05/07/2018 Strasbourg

“European states’ current approach to the arrivals of refugees and migrants has transformed a manageable issue into an extremely divisive topic, in particular within EU member states. And it has caused immense suffering and hardship to thousands of people who sought our protection. It is time...

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Country visit

Greece: immediate action needed to protect human rights of migrants

29/06/2018. Athens, Greece

“The humanity and hospitality that Greece’s people and authorities demonstrated towards migrants in recent years is truly commendable. In spite of these efforts, however, the situation remains worrying and much more needs to be done to protect the human rights of those who have had to flee their...

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Statement

Ukrainian authorities should step up their efforts to stop attacks against Roma and human rights defenders

25/06/2018 Strasbourg

On Saturday night, a group of masked men attacked a Roma camp in western Ukraine, killing one young person and injuring four others, including a child. I wish to express my condolences to the family of the person killed and I hope that the injured will soon recover. I urge the Ukrainian...

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World refugee day

Commissioner calls on member states to cooperate with NGOs assisting migrants

19/06/2018 Strasbourg

Ahead of World Refugee Day, Commissioner Mijatović has issued the following statement today: “I want to pay tribute to the individuals and non-governmental organisations that are standing up for the human rights of asylum seekers and refugees. All across Europe, committed individuals and...

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Country visit

Estonia: human rights should steer policies for women, older persons, minorities

15/06/2018 Tallinn

“Estonia has been developing at a fast pace, but some people in the country risk being left behind. To achieve a more inclusive society, Estonia should combat discrimination and abuses against older persons, tackle the gender pay gap and violence against women, and devote more efforts to building...

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Letter

Commissioner calls on Belgium not to resume detention of migrant children

14/06/2018 Strasbourg

The Commissioner published today a letter that she addressed to Mr Theo Francken, Secretary of State for Migration and Asylum of Belgium, in which she raises concerns about the possibility that migrant families with children may be detained in newly constructed closed detention units near...

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Statement

Hungary: Commissioner concerned at further planned barriers to the work of NGOs assisting migrants

01/06/2018 Strasbourg

“The draft legislation (Bill No. T/333) recently submitted by the Hungarian government to the Parliament, which provides for criminal law sentences, including imprisonment, for those ‘facilitating illegal immigration’ constitutes a worrying human rights development”, said today Commissioner...

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Country visit

Albania should step up protection of children and inclusion of persons with disabilities

25/05/2018 Tirana

Today the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, concluded her five-day visit to Albania which focused on children’s rights, the rights of persons with disabilities, and access to free legal aid. Concerning children’s rights, the Commissioner welcomes the authorities’...

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Statement

States should invest more efforts in combating homophobia and transphobia

16/05/2018 Strasbourg

The past year has been a difficult one for gay, lesbian and transgender people in Europe. In 2017, there were shocking reports of targeted persecutions by law enforcement authorities on the basis of people’s (real or perceived) sexual orientation and gender identity. For example, in Chechnya,...

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Letter

The Commissioner calls on Bosnia and Herzegovina to improve assistance to asylum-seekers and migrants

15/05/2018 Strasbourg

In a letter addressed to the Ministers for Human Rights and Refugees and for Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina published today, Commissioner Mijatović urges the authorities to spare no effort in order to improve their handling of migrants’ arrivals. Concerned by the lack of a systematic response...

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Opinion article

Europe’s duty to protect journalists

26/04/2018 Strasbourg

In an opinion editorial that more than 20 leading news outlets published today, ahead of World Press Freedom Day, Commissioner Mijatović called on member states to improve the safety of journalists. The article shows the extent of the threats journalists face in Europe, calls upon states to...

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Speech

The European Court of Human Rights must remain independent and effective

12/04/2018 Copenhagen

In a speech given today at a High-Level Conference hosted by the Danish Minister of Justice in Copenhagen, Commissioner Mijatović called on member states to ensure that the Court remains independent and effective. Highlighting the vital role the Court plays in guaranteeing freedom, justice and...

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