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United Kingdom: backsliding on human rights must be prevented

04/07/2022 Strasbourg

“Legal reforms should not weaken human rights protections in the United Kingdom”, said today the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, following a five-day visit to the country (27 June to 1 July), which focused on the system for human rights protection, the situation...

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Letter

Commissioner calls on UK government not to extradite Julian Assange

18/05/2022 Strasbourg

In a letter, published today, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, called on UK Home Secretary Priti Patel not to extradite Julian Assange. Writing in view of the impending decision on Mr Assange’s extradition, the Commissioner noted that the wider human rights...

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Statement

United Kingdom government‘s intention to offshore asylum processing to Rwanda sends a worrying signal

14 April 2022 Strasbourg

“Today’s announcement by the UK government of its intention to offshore asylum processing to Rwanda sends a worrying signal”, said Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović. “Not only does such externalisation raise questions about the protection of the human rights of the...

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Letter

Safe and legal routes and protection of human rights must take centre stage in co-operation between the United Kingdom and France on Channel crossings

08/12/2021 Strasbourg

The United Kingdom and France should ensure that the human rights of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants take centre stage in their actions to deal with crossings of the Channel, said the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, in letters addressed to the UK Home...

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Letter

UK government’s legacy proposals must not undermine human rights and cut off victims’ avenues to justice in Northern Ireland

23/09/2021 Strasbourg

In a letter to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland published today, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, warns that a proposed new plan for dealing with the legacy of the Troubles in Northern Ireland “would undermine human rights protections and would cut...

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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

UK lawmakers should reject provisions of the Overseas Operations Bill undermining the fight against impunity for serious human rights violations

03/11/2020 Strasbourg

In a letter addressed to the members of the House of Commons made public today, the Commissioner warns that provisions of the Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill currently under discussion give “cause for grave concern about their compliance with the United Kingdom’s...

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Statement

United Kingdom: Coming debate on the Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill

29/06/2020 Strasbourg

Tomorrow, a debate on the Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill will take place in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom (https://bit.ly/2NIpLUE). This will include consideration of several amendments that are particularly important for the protection of the...

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Statement

Julian Assange should not be extradited due to potential impact on press freedom and concerns about ill-treatment

20/02/2020 Strasbourg

I have been following with great attention the developments concerning Julian Assange’s case, in particular the charges against him and the extradition request submitted by the United States government to the United Kingdom. In addition to my own monitoring and analysis, I have received...

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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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* On 16 March 2022, the Committee of Ministers adopted a decision by which the Russian Federation ceased to be a member of the Council of Europe, after 26 years of membership.
** All references to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or population, shall be understood in full compliance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 (1999) and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.