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Letter

Russian Federation: misuse of anti-terrorism legislation limits media freedom and freedom of expression

19/02/2019 Strasbourg

Today the Commissioner published a letter in which she asks the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation, Tatiana Moskalkova, to accord close attention to the case of Svetlana Prokopyeva, a freelance journalist, who is a suspect in a criminal investigation for alleged...

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Joint Statement

OSCE Media Freedom Representative and Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights urge systematic approach to counter gender-based violence online

12/02/2019 Vienna

The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Harlem Désir, together with the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, today opened the Safety of Female Journalists Online (#SOFJO) conference: Increasing Opportunities for Freedom of Expression and Media Plurality....

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Country visit

Hungary should address many interconnected human rights protection challenges including civil society space, gender equality, refugee protection and independence of the judiciary

11/02/2019 Strasbourg

“Hungary faces many interconnected human rights challenges,” said today Dunja Mijatović, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, after her five-day visit to Hungary last week. “The space for the work of NGOs, human rights defenders and journalists critical of the government has become...

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Third party intervention

The Commissioner intervenes before the European Court of Human Rights in a case concerning family reunification in Denmark

08/02/2019 Strasbourg

The Commissioner intervenes before the European Court of Human Rights in a case concerning family reunification in Denmark Today the Commissioner published her written observations submitted to the European Court of Human Rights in connection with the case of M.A. v. Denmark. This case concerns...

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Letter

The Commissioner calls on Italy to uphold the human rights of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants

07/02/2019 Strasbourg

In a letter addressed to the Prime Minister of Italy, Giuseppe Conte, published today, the Commissioner requests the Italian government to clarify the measures it intends to take to ensure the continuity of essential services for asylum seekers and beneficiaries of protection. The Commissioner is...

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Statement

Following her mission to Paris, Commissioner Mijatović provides her initial observations on human rights issues relating to the “yellow vest” movement

29/01/2019 Strasbourg

“The high level of tension currently prevailing in France gives me cause for concern and I believe that there is an urgent need to calm the situation,” said Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović today following her mission to Paris on 28 January to discuss human rights...

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Country visit report

Report on Armenia recommends measures to improve women’s rights, protection of disadvantaged or vulnerable groups, and establishing accountability for past human rights violations

29/01/2019 Strasbourg

Today the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, published the report of her visit to Armenia carried out in September 2018. The report focuses on women’s rights, gender equality and domestic violence; the human rights of disadvantaged or vulnerable groups; and...

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Letter

Commissioner provides evidence to the Scottish Parliament on the age of criminal responsibility

16/01/2019 Strasbourg

On 10 January 2019, the Commissioner provided evidence in the form of a letter to the Equalities and Human Rights Committee of the Scottish Parliament regarding the Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Bill. In her letter, the Commissioner provides further clarification to the Committee...

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Anniversary

The state of human rights in Europe: forward and back?

22/01/2019 Strasbourg

All four Commissioners for Human Rights, Álvaro Gil-Robles, Thomas Hammarberg, Nils Muižnieks and the current Commissioner Dunja Mijatović came together in Strasbourg on Tuesday 22 January to reflect on the evolution of human rights since the office was created, twenty years ago. They discussed...

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Letter

Commissioner calls on the Czech Republic to ensure legislative changes do not harm inclusive education efforts

15/01/2019 Strasbourg

In a letter to the Czech Republic’s Prime Minister, Andrej Babiš, and Minister of Education, Youth and Sports, Robert Plaga, published today, the Commissioner addresses proposed changes to Decree 27/2016 Coll. on the education of pupils with special education needs. The Commissioner expresses her...

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Third party intervention

Commissioner Mijatovič intervenes before the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Mehmet Osman Kavala v. Turkey

10/01/2019 Strasbourg

Today the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights published her written observations submitted to the European Court of Human Rights in connection with the case of Mehmet Osman Kavala v. Turkey. This case concerns the arrest and detention of a civil society activist and human rights...

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Statement

Commissioner calls on the authorities of Azerbaijan to drop charges against Mehman Huseynov

07/01/2019 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, discussed today on the phone with the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mahmud Mammad-Guliyev, the case of Mehman Huseynov, an anti-corruption blogger and Chairman of the Institute for Reporters’...

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Letter

Commissioner urges Scotland’s government to increase the age of criminal responsibility

20/12/2018 Strasbourg

In a letter addressed to Scotland’s Minister for Children and Young People, Maree Todd MSP, published today, the Commissioner calls for an increase in the age of criminal responsibility and stronger safeguards in the treatment of children who come into conflict with the law. “Children who come...

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Joint statement

20 years on from the adoption of the UN Declaration on Defenders: The protection of human rights defenders is non-negotiable

18/12/2018 Strasbourg

On the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, the universal and regional protection mechanisms call on the international community to renew its commitment to support and protect human rights defenders. There can be no realisation of rights without the...

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Statement

Commissioner calls on Hungary’s President to return to the Parliament the legislative package on administrative courts

14/12/2018 Strasbourg

“On 12 December 2018, the Hungarian Parliament adopted a legislative package establishing a system of administrative courts. The new administrative courts are expected to be operational in January 2020. I am concerned by the strong powers this reform of the judiciary confers on the Minister of...

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Human Rights Day

Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović, the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and Cartooning for Peace present a preview of the exhibition

10/12/2018 Paris

On the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Cartooning for Peace, an international network of newspaper cartoonists, has joined with the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, and the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs to stage a...

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Statement

Commissioner calls upon the Russian authorities to release Lev Ponomarev

06/12/2018 Strasbourg

I was greatly dismayed to learn that Lev Ponomarev, a senior figure in the Russian human rights movement, has been arrested and sentenced to 25 days of administrative detention yesterday. Mr Ponomarev’s work for the defence of human rights spans many decades and he is a long-standing partner of...

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Human Rights Day

States’ duty to protect human rights defenders

06/12/2018 Strasbourg

Ahead of Human Rights Day, Dunja Mijatović, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, calls on member states to halt the attacks against human rights defenders and improve their safety and working environment. “In spite of an international declaration and clear standards protecting the...

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Letter

Commissioner urges Spain to ensure that the Law on Citizens’ Safety upholds the rights to freedom of expression and freedom of peaceful assembly

23/11/2018 Strasbourg

In a letter addressed to the Presidents of the Congress and the Senate of Spain published today, Commissioner Mijatović urges the Parliament to ensure that the review of the Law on Citizens’ Safety eliminates possibilities of disproportionate interference with the rights to freedom of expression...

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Statement

Fulfil the promise of a comprehensive response to violence against women

22/11/2018 Strasbourg

“All women and girls have the right to live free from violence. Unfortunately, this is not the reality. One in three women has experienced physical or sexual violence – 22% at the hands of their partner. More than half of all women have been sexually harassed with 20% of young women reporting...

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