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Country visit report

Italy should improve legislation and practice on migration and asylum, women’s rights and gender equality

14/12/2023 Strasbourg

In a report published today, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, recommends adopting a number of measures to better uphold the rights of migrants, asylum seekers and women. The Commissioner also raises certain issues concerning journalists and the legal...

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Country visit report

Denmark: refocus on protection and integration in asylum policy and step up measures to improve the situation of persons with disabilities

16/11/2023 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, published today the report on her visit to Denmark in May-June 2023, with recommendations on the rights of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants and the rights of persons with disabilities. There have been several positive...

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Opinion article

Recognizing and addressing the erosion of human rights and democracy in Europe: a way forward

29/08/2023 Strasbourg

The Slovinian Times, 22/08/2023 Respect for human rights and the rule of law are the core principles of the Council of Europe and the lifeblood of democracy, Dunja Mijatović, the organisation's Commissioner for Human Rights, writes in her op-ed for Bled Strategic Times as she calls on member...

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Letter

Pylos shipwreck: the Greek authorities must ensure that effective investigations are conducted

28/07/2023 Strasbourg

In a letter to the Prime Minister of Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, published today, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, stresses that Greece has the legal obligation to conduct effective investigations into the Pylos shipwreck, which resulted in the death of more...

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Letter

Ireland: Secure dignified accommodation for all refugees and asylum seekers through a government-wide approach

26/05/2023 Strasbourg

In a letter addressed to the Prime Minister of Ireland, the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth and the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, published today, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović raises concerns about the...

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Country visit report

Spain: address housing and health inequalities, safeguard freedoms of expression and assembly and provide safe and legal access to the territory for people seeking asylum

10/05/2023 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović published today the report on her visit to Spain carried out in November 2022, with recommendations on social rights, in particular the right to housing and the right to health, the freedoms of expression and assembly and the human...

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Letter

Commissioner urges the Georgian Parliament to reject the draft law “On transparency of foreign influence”

28/02/2023 Strasbourg

In a letter addressed to the Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia published today, Commissioner Mijatović expresses concerns that the adoption of the draft law “On transparency of foreign influence” may have a serious chilling effect on the work of civil society organisations in Georgia. “Such a...

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Letter

Commissioner calls on Belgium to ensure accommodation and material assistance for asylum seekers

21/12/2022 Strasbourg

In her letter addressed to Belgium’s State Secretary for Asylum and Migration, Nicole De Moor, published today, the Commissioner expresses her concerns about the current situation of individuals seeking international protection in Belgium. A lack of available accommodation in reception facilities...

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Letter

Malta should strengthen the protection of the media and access to information, in line with international standards

06/10/2022 Strasbourg

“The Maltese authorities must ensure that legislative work launched pursuant to the public inquiry report into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia complies with international standards and is fully open to public scrutiny and participation”, said today the Council of Europe Commissioner...

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Letter

The Netherlands must take urgent measures to improve reception conditions for asylum seekers

02/09/2022 Strasbourg

In a letter addressed to the Dutch Minister for Migration published today, Commissioner Mijatović expresses her concern about asylum reception conditions in the Netherlands. The Commissioner’s letter follows a further worsening of the situation, especially at the Ter Apel registration centre,...

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Letter

Finland: amendments to Border Guard Act must be accompanied by clear human rights safeguards

04/08/2022 Strasbourg

In a letter addressed to the Finnish Minister of Interior, published today, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, called for clear safeguards to ensure that recently adopted amendments to the Border Guard Act would not lead to human rights violations. Under the...

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Country visit report

Georgia should ensure effective implementation of the anti-discrimination legislation and improve protection of human rights in the fields of labour and the environment

15/07/2022 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, published today the report following her visit to Georgia in February 2022, with recommendations on combating discrimination against LGBTI people and those belonging to religious minorities, as well as protecting human rights...

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Letter

Commissioner calls on Spanish authorities to investigate the circumstances of the deaths and violence at Melilla border

13/07/2022 Strasbourg

In a letter addressed to the Spanish Minister of the Interior published today, Commissioner Mijatović urges the authorities to conduct an independent, full and effective investigation into the events leading to the deaths of more than 20 migrants who attempted to cross the fence between Nador,...

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Letter

Hungary: establish a fair and effective asylum system

21/06/2022 Strasbourg

In a letter addressed to the Hungarian Minister of the Interior published today, Commissioner Mijatović expresses her appreciation for the country’s open border policy for those fleeing Ukraine but raises concerns about the longer-term protection perspective of third country nationals and...

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Länderbesuchsbericht

Österreich: Die Aufnahme und Integration von Migranten und der Schutz von Frauenrechten müssen gestärkt werden

12/05/2022 Straßburg

Die Menschenrechtskommissarin des Europarats, Dunja Mijatović, veröffentlichte heute den Bericht zu ihrem Besuch in Österreich im Dezember 2021, der Empfehlungen zur Verbesserung der Aufnahme und Integration von Flüchtlingen, Asylsuchenden und Migranten und zur Stärkung der Frauenrechte und...

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Letter

Spain: the review of the 2015 Law on Citizens' Safety should result in better protecting human rights

11/02/2022 Strasbourg

In a letter published today, the Commissioner calls on the Parliament of Spain to ensure that the review of the 2015 Law on Citizens’ Safety is used as an opportunity to bring it fully in line with European and international human rights standards, in particular as concerns the provisions...

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Opinion article

Op-ed: De-escalate Bosnia and Herzegovina - before it is too late

18/11/2021 Strasbourg

EUObserver, 18/11/2021 Warmongering has seriously intensified in Bosnia and Herzegovina. As some politicians, including in the neighbouring countries Serbia and Croatia, ratchet-up their inflammatory rhetoric, the international community struggles to find a response to escalating tensions. This...

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Letter

Germany should pursue efforts to fully ensure children’s rights

31/08/2021 Strasbourg

In a letter addressed to Christine Lambrecht, the Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection and Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth of Germany, made public today, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, urges the German...

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Letter

United Kingdom: Parliamentarians should reject restrictions on peaceful demonstration, criminalisation of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities

05/07/2021 Strasbourg

In a letter to the UK House of Commons and House of Lords, published today, the Commissioner urged parliamentarians to reject restrictions on peaceful demonstrations contained in the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill. She also urges them to reject a new proposed criminal offence of...

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Letter

Turkish authorities should stop the stigmatisation of LGBTI people

24/06/2021 Strasbourg

In a letter addressed to the Minister of Interior and the Minister of Justice of Turkey, published today, the Commissioner calls on the authorities to fulfil the commitments enshrined in the national Action Plan on Human Rights, stop the stigmatisation of LGBTI people, and uphold their freedoms...

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