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Poland has a duty to preserve judicial independence

Open Democracy , 17/07/2017 Twenty years ago, the adoption of a new Constitution by Poland’s National Assembly marked a defining moment in the country’s history. After almost five decades of one-party rule, the Polish people gave expression to their aspiration for freedom and democracy...

Human rights in Turkey – the urgent need for a new beginning

Euronews , 10/03/2017 Human rights protection in Turkey has been scaled back alarmingly in recent years as restrictive government and judicial actions have progressively affected large strata of society. This dangerous path, which runs counter to Turkey’s human rights obligations and...

The duty to combat domestic violence

Kommersant , 06/02/2017 For many people, home means a refuge, a place where we feel safe and free. A place where our private life is sacred and where the state has no right to pry. But for victims of domestic violence, home means just the opposite: a source of stress and torment. The state...

«В обществе должен произойти культурный сдвиг: нельзя поощрять и оправдывать насилие»

Коммерсантъ , 06/02/2017 Закон, отменяющий уголовную ответственность за семейное насилие, ожидает подписи президента РФ. О том, какие меры должны принять российские власти для борьбы с проблемой насилия в семье,— в статье комиссара Совета Европы по правам человека НИЛСА МУЙЖНИЕКСА,...

EU agreements with third countries must uphold human rights

The Huffington Post - 02/02/2017 As the European Council is set to meet in Malta on Friday to address the Union’s response to migration, one topic should be prominent on all points of its agenda: states’ obligations to uphold the human rights of migrants. The urgency for this is clear....

Hungary’s Duty to Refugees

The New York Times - 28/09/2016 At the recent European Union summit meeting in Bratislava, Slovakia, the divergent approaches of member countries on how to handle the influx of migrants exposed deep divisions. Among the countries most hostile to the European Union proposals on migration was...

Steps forward in protecting persons with disabilities in Bulgaria

24 Chasa , 6 July 2016 - Imagine tomorrow you are forced to leave your house and move to an impersonal, large social care institution, far away from your family and friends. You cannot challenge this decision, because somebody has the legal right to decide in your place. From now on, you are no...

Крачка напред в защита на правата на хората с увреждания

24Chasa , 6 July 2016 - ПРЕДСТАВЕТЕ си, че утре сте принудени да напуснете дома си и да се преместите в една голяма безлична институция за социални грижи, далече от вашето семейство и приятели. Вие не можете да обжалвате това решение, защото някой друг има право по закон да решава вместо вас....

Roma evictions: Europe's silent scandal

OpenDemocracy , 29 June 2016 Few people are more caricatured and stigmatised in media and political discourse by stereotypes, sensationalism and myths than Roma, by far the largest minority in Europe. Many Europeans believe that Roma choose to live in shanty camps in abject conditions, and...

Addressing youth unemployment through human rights

EurActiv , 13 May 2016 Eight years after the economic crisis began, many European countries are still struggling to recover and a glaring statistic remains – that of four and a half million unemployed young people. Link to the article on EurActiv

Safeguards needed for EU-Turkey migration deal

Huffington Post, EurActiv , 22/03/2016 The EU, Greece and Turkey have to ensure that additional principles guide the implementation of the EU-Turkey migration deal reached at the 17-18 March summit, writes Nils Muižnieks. Nils Muižnieks is the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human...

Diese Pläne sind schlicht illegal

Tagesschau, 16/03/2016 Illegale Migranten in die Türkei, Syrer nach Europa - von einem solchen Deal zwischen EU und Türkei hält der Menschenrechtskommissar des Europarats gar nichts. In einem Gastbeitrag für tagesschau.de erklärt Nils Muiznieks, warum die geplante Absprache moralisch...

EU-Turkey deal on refugees disregards human rights standards

New York Times , 14/03/2016 In an opinion editorial published in the International New York Times today, Commissioner Muižnieks warns that the deal the European Council is discussing with Turkey to stem the flow of refugees runs contrary to human rights standards. “The automatic forced...

Пока судебная система РФ не станет более независимой, сомнения в ее эффективности останутся

Kommersant , 25/02/2016 Действующий и бывшие комиссары Совета Европы по правам человека написали статью для “Ъ” 20 лет назад, 28 февраля 1996 года, Россия вступила в Совет Европы (СЕ), тем самым взяв на себя обязательства стать государством, придерживающимся принципов демократии и...

As long as the judicial system of the Russian Federation does not become more independent, doubts about its effectiveness remain

Kommersant , 25/02/2016 During the meeting of the President of the Russian Federation with the Russian Human Rights Council in October of last year, a few problems with regards to the functioning of the Russian judiciary were raised. President Vladimir Putin expressed readiness to examine...

Human rights in Europe should not buckle under mass surveillance

Open Democracy , 12/02/2016 Privacy is a fundamental human right essential for living in dignity and security. This is why it is necessary that European countries pause and get back on the right track. European countries have made remarkable progress in the last decades to ensure...

Reforms to UK Human Rights Laws Must Not Weaken Protection

Huffington Post , 03/02/2016 The future of human rights protection in the United Kingdom is on the verge of change as the government prepares its consultation to replace the Human Rights Act with a Bill of Rights. The consultation stage represents a critical step whose result I hope will...

Luttons contre le terrorisme dans le respect du droit

Le Monde , 03/02/2016 La pérennisation de l’état d’urgence est néfaste et risque d’offrir une victoire aux agresseurs et à la peur en stigmatisant collectivement les musulmans, estime Nils Muiznieks, commissaire aux droits de l’homme du Conseil de l’Europe. Les récentes déclarations du...

Fighting violence against women must become Europe’s priority

New Europe , 04/01/2016 From migration to the economic crisis and terrorism, European leaders have been busy searching for solutions to very challenging phenomena in 2015. Regrettably, the long-standing problem of violations of women’s rights remained largely off the table. Yet, this is one...

Europe is spying on you

New York Times, 28/10/2015 - When Edward Snowden disclosed details of America’s huge surveillance program two years ago, many in Europe thought that the response would be increased transparency and stronger oversight of security services.
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