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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

Strasbourg, 08.03.2010 - "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...

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Language rights of national minorities must be respected – their denial undermines human rights and causes inter-communal tensions

[25/01/10 11:30] Language rights have become an issue of contention within several European countries, and as a consequence also between neighbouring states. While some governments take steps to strengthen the standing of the official language, national minorities are concerned that their...

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Rape crimes must be prosecuted more effectively

[11/01/10 09:30] Sexual assault crimes must be taken more seriously by governments and parliaments. The injuries inflicted by rape are deep and long-lasting, in many cases gravely hurting the physical and psychological integrity of the victims. Though these crimes are largely hidden and their...

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Kosovo*: Exchange between the Commissioner and the UN on the environmental disaster in Roma camp

[23/04/09 12:00] The Commissioner published today an exchange of letters with Ambassador Lamberto Zannier, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in Kosovo on the situation of the Roma, Askhali and Egyptian families who are living in the lead-contaminated camps of Cesmin Lug and...

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