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Human rights and Business - Prosperity Through Diversity

25/06/2020 Strasbourg

Virtual conference under the auspices of the Greek Chairmanship of the Council of Europe Excellencies, dear participants, dear friends, The human rights responsibilities of business are not a new topic, but I think that the way in which we see them is evolving, and so are our expectations. For a...

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States must give a renewed impetus to realising human rights for all

03/06/2020 Strasbourg

The Commissioner participated today in the exchange of views organised by the Greek Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on the lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic. She delivered the following speech: Ministers, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, The...

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Commissioner calls on member states to support the recognition of the right to a healthy environment at the UN

27 February 2020 Strasbourg

Addressing the High Level Conference “Environmental Protection and Human Rights”, the Commissioner delivered the following speech today: I would start by thanking Georgia for making Environment and Human Rights the priority of its Presidency and raising the profile of the theme of Environment and...

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Human Rights in Europe: Forward and back? How we can regain the ground in polarising times

20/01/2020 Lund

Anna Lindh Lecture, Lund University I can hardly see a better occasion than today’s lecture to hold a conversation on human rights in Europe in this particular period of time. I would like to thank the University of Lund, the Raoul Wallenberg Institute and the Anna Lindh Foundation for giving me...

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Governing the digital world to protect democracy and security

08/11/2019 Vienna

Thirty years ago, tomorrow, crowds of East Germans crossed the border peacefully and climbed on the Berlin Wall together with West Germans. That symbolic moment, which catalysed months of civil unrest in Eastern Europe, told the world that a new era had just started. Over the past thirty years,...

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Ceremony for the 30th Anniversary of the European Committee for the prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

04/11/2019 Strasbourg

Ladies and Gentlemen, I am very pleased and honoured to address you today, at this ceremony marking the 30th anniversary of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture. On this round anniversary of the CPT, I would like to pay tribute to those who were at the origins of the idea to have...

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From hostility to reconnection: how to make human rights relevant for all

20/09/2019 Utrecht

Peter Baehr Lecture, Utrecht University A big problem with human rights is that people often take them for granted. If you are wondering how I know this, it is because I was one of those persons. I was born in Sarajevo, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and until 1992 I barely understood the importance...

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Women’s rights at the crossroads: strengthening international co-operation to close the gap between legal frameworks and their implementation

24/05/2019 Strasbourg

Conference organised by the Council of Europe in co-operation with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its causes and consequences and with the French Presidency of the Committee of Ministers International co-operation was at the heart of developing the concept of...

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Presentation of the Annual activity report 2018

08/04/2019 Strasbourg

Madam President, Excellencies, distinguished parliamentarians, ladies and gentlemen, I am honoured to have this unique opportunity to present my first annual activity report. You have all received the report, so I will not repeat what is in it; I would rather focus on my general assessment of the...

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We need to act now and put human rights at the centre of artificial intelligence designs

26/02/2019 Helsinki

"Dear Ministers, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, The impact of artificial intelligence’s on human rights, democracy and the rule of law is one of the most crucial factors that will define the period in which we live – and probably the whole century. How artificial intelligence is designed and...

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Keynote speech at Warsaw Dialogue for Democracy

22/11/2018 Warsaw

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Thank you for your kind invitation to this conference and an opportunity to visit Warsaw. I have been in Poland many times, and this is my second visit to Poland as Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe. In August this year, I came to the...

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Protecting the rights of people with psychosocial disabilities

09/10/2018 Strasbourg

"Persons with psychosocial disabilities are one of the most vulnerable groups in Europe. The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (the CRPD), ratified already by 46 of our member states, is my reference point regarding this group, as for all persons with disabilities. This...

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Commissioner’s message for the Fundamental Rights Forum 2018

25/09/18 Strasbourg

The Commissioner addressed the Fundamental Rights Forum #RightsForum18 in Vienna, Austria today via video message. Download the speech CommDH/Speech(2018)7 as pdf Watch the video on Youtube Dear participants of the Forum, Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to thank the Fundamental Rights Agency...

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