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Justice in Europe facing the challenges of digital technology

15/10/2019 Strasbourg

"Humans and machines are living in an ever-closer relationship. One that provides great opportunities but also threats. Indeed, technology is never neutral. It is very personal because it carries ethical, political and legal implications. No doubt criminal justice systems can benefit greatly from...

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Statement

Commissioner Mijatović calls for bolder measures to protect the human rights and dignity of all migrants in the Mediterranean

07/10/2019 Strasbourg

“The Justice and Home Affairs Ministers of EU member states meeting today and tomorrow in Luxembourg should not miss the chance to steer migration policy on to a more humane and human rights compliant path,” said the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović. “I welcome...

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Speech

Commissioner calls for action to counter hostility against journalists

03/10/2019 Strasbourg

In a message sent to the 1st Regional journalists’ days meeting held in Sarajevo today, the Commissioner said: "Dear friends, just a few days ago, some journalists of Radio Sarajevo have been attacked. Prior to that, they had received death threats. This is only the latest of many attacks against...

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Statement

Step up action against statelessness

03/10/2019 Strasbourg

Statelessness is the root cause of countless human rights violations. Unfortunately, it is still widespread in Europe today as at least 600 000 people do not have a nationality or identity documents that make it possible to enjoy the benefits of a nationality. Having no nationality means you have...

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Speech

What have we achieved, where are the lacunae, and which good practices can we highlight?

26/09/2019 Paris

Twenty-five years ago, today, Sarajevo, my hometown was about to suffer its 905th day of siege that lasted 1425 days, the longest of a capital city in the history of modern warfare…. A town that only 10 years earlier had hosted the Olympic games and had been portrayed as a model of peaceful...

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Letter

Commissioner calls on Maltese authorities to withdraw posthumous defamation lawsuits against the family of Daphne Caruana Galizia

19/09/2019 Strasbourg

Today, the Commissioner published a letter addressed to the Prime Minister of Malta, Joseph Muscat, in which she recommends withdrawing the pending posthumous suits against the family of Daphne Caruana Galizia. “Some 30 civil defamation claims continue,” writes the Commissioner, stressing that...

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Statement

Commissioner calls on the authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina to ensure that the Pride March in Sarajevo takes place in a safe and peaceful manner

06/09/2019 Strasbourg

As the first Bosnian-Herzegovinian Pride March in Sarajevo is set to take place next Sunday, 8 September, I would like to recall that LGBTI people are an integral part of our societies and as such they must be able to enjoy human rights and fundamental freedoms, including freedom of assembly and...

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Letter

Russian Federation: failure to respect human rights while policing peaceful protests

05/08/2019 Strasbourg

Today, the Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, published a letter addressed to the Minister of Interior of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Kolokoltsev, regarding the action taken by law enforcement agencies to disperse the largely peaceful protests in Moscow on 27 July 2019, and...

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Opinion article

Drawing the right lessons from the Roma Holocaust

01/08/2019 Strasbourg

OpenDemocracy, 01/08/2019 On 2 August, we will commemorate the Roma Holocaust perpetrated during the Second World War. It is an important occasion to draw renewed attention to this largely ignored page of Europe’s recent history. And it remains equally crucial to confront the deeply-rooted...

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Letter

Letter to Tatiana Moskalkova, High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation

19/07/2019 Strasbourg

Today, the Commissioner published a letter sent to Tatiana Moskalkova, the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation, about new developments of concern relating to the case of Svetlana Prokopyeva, a freelance journalist. Read the letter sent to Tatiana Moskalkova, High...

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Statement

The Commissioner calls on Russian authorities to establish the truth about the murder of Natalia Estemirova

15/07/2019 Strasbourg

“Ten years ago today in Grozny, Chechnya, unknown men abducted Natalia Estemirova in front of her apartment building, forcing her into a car. Some hours later, her lifeless body, displaying several gunshot wounds, was found in the neighbouring Republic of Ingushetia. Natalia was a courageous and...

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Country visit

Azerbaijan should ease the pressure on free speech, improve the situation of lawyers and continue to work towards better livelihood opportunities for IDPs

12/07/2019 Azerbaijan

“Freedom of expression in Azerbaijan continues to be under threat” said Dunja Mijatović, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, at the end of a four-day visit to Azerbaijan. Recalling the European Court of Human Rights’ judgments stressing a troubling pattern of arbitrary arrest and...

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Country visit

Turkey needs to put an end to arbitrariness in the judiciary and to protect human rights defenders

08/07/2019 Strasbourg

“Turkey must take urgent and necessary measures to re-establish trust in its judiciary and repair the damage inflicted on the rule of law during the state of emergency and its aftermath”, said Dunja Mijatović, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, at the end of a five-day visit to...

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Country visit report

Poland’s authorities should shield judges from pressure, actively protect women’s rights and step up policies for gender equality

28/06/2019 Strasbourg

Today the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, published a report on the visit to Poland she carried out from 11 to 15 March 2019. The report focuses on the independence of the judiciary and the prosecution service, women’s sexual and reproductive rights, gender...

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Speech

The long fight for justice of the Mothers of Srebrenica and Zepa

26/06/2019 Strasbourg

Opening the photography exhibition “Srebrenica – Mothers’ long fight for justice” presented in the lobby of the Parliamentary Assembly during its summer session from 24-28 June 2019, the Commissioner made the following statement: Ladies and gentlemen, Thank you for coming here today for the...

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Speech

It is time to end coercion in mental health

26/06/2019 Strasbourg

Addressing the Parliamentary Assembly’s debate on “Ending coercion in mental health: the need for a human rights-based approach”, the Commissioner delivered the following statement today: Download the speech CommDH/Speech(2019)7 (Pdf) It is a great pleasure to address the Parliamentary Assembly...

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Statement

Georgian authorities must protect participants in the upcoming Pride march in Tbilisi

20/06/2019 Strasbourg

“All Georgians have the same human rights and they should enjoy them free from discrimination. This means that everyone, including LGBTI people, must be protected from violence and hate speech, be able to exercise freedom of expression, and to conduct peaceful demonstrations,” said the...

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Recommendation

Council of Europe member states must assume more responsibility for rescuing migrants at sea and protecting their rights

18/06/2019 Strasbourg

“European states’ approach to migration in the Mediterranean Sea has become much too focused on preventing refugees and migrants from reaching European shores, and too little on the humanitarian and human rights aspects. This approach is having tragic consequences”, said Dunja Mijatović, Council...

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Speech

Speech by Commissioner Dunja Mijatović, at the world’s leading summit on human rights in the digital age, RightsCon 2019, Tunis, 11 June 2019

11 June 2019 Tunis

Last week, Muslims around the world celebrated the end of Ramadan. Celebrations were held in many countries, including here. There was however a notable exception: China. There the authorities banned such celebrations. This is not surprising. A recent article of the New York Times from the city...

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Third party intervention

The Commissioner intervenes before the European Court of Human Rights in a case concerning family reunification in Sweden

03/06/2019 Strasbourg

Today, the Commissioner published her written observations submitted to the European Court of Human Rights in connection with the case of Dabo v. Sweden. This case concerns the refusal to grant family reunification to the family members of a person with refugee status in Sweden, because he did...

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