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World refugee day

Commissioner calls on member states to cooperate with NGOs assisting migrants

19/06/2018 Strasbourg

Ahead of World Refugee Day, Commissioner Mijatović has issued the following statement today: “I want to pay tribute to the individuals and non-governmental organisations that are standing up for the human rights of asylum seekers and refugees. All across Europe, committed individuals and...

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Country visit

Estonia: human rights should steer policies for women, older persons, minorities

15/06/2018 Tallinn

“Estonia has been developing at a fast pace, but some people in the country risk being left behind. To achieve a more inclusive society, Estonia should combat discrimination and abuses against older persons, tackle the gender pay gap and violence against women, and devote more efforts to building...

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Letter

Commissioner calls on Belgium not to resume detention of migrant children

14/06/2018 Strasbourg

The Commissioner published today a letter that she addressed to Mr Theo Francken, Secretary of State for Migration and Asylum of Belgium, in which she raises concerns about the possibility that migrant families with children may be detained in newly constructed closed detention units near...

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Statement

Hungary: Commissioner concerned at further planned barriers to the work of NGOs assisting migrants

01/06/2018 Strasbourg

“The draft legislation (Bill No. T/333) recently submitted by the Hungarian government to the Parliament, which provides for criminal law sentences, including imprisonment, for those ‘facilitating illegal immigration’ constitutes a worrying human rights development”, said today Commissioner...

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Country visit

Albania should step up protection of children and inclusion of persons with disabilities

25/05/2018 Tirana

Today the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, concluded her five-day visit to Albania which focused on children’s rights, the rights of persons with disabilities, and access to free legal aid. Concerning children’s rights, the Commissioner welcomes the authorities’...

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Statement

States should invest more efforts in combating homophobia and transphobia

16/05/2018 Strasbourg

The past year has been a difficult one for gay, lesbian and transgender people in Europe. In 2017, there were shocking reports of targeted persecutions by law enforcement authorities on the basis of people’s (real or perceived) sexual orientation and gender identity. For example, in Chechnya,...

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Letter

The Commissioner calls on Bosnia and Herzegovina to improve assistance to asylum-seekers and migrants

15/05/2018 Strasbourg

In a letter addressed to the Ministers for Human Rights and Refugees and for Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina published today, Commissioner Mijatović urges the authorities to spare no effort in order to improve their handling of migrants’ arrivals. Concerned by the lack of a systematic response...

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Opinion article

Europe’s duty to protect journalists

26/04/2018 Strasbourg

In an opinion editorial that more than 20 leading news outlets published today, ahead of World Press Freedom Day, Commissioner Mijatović called on member states to improve the safety of journalists. The article shows the extent of the threats journalists face in Europe, calls upon states to...

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Speech

The European Court of Human Rights must remain independent and effective

12/04/2018 Copenhagen

In a speech given today at a High-Level Conference hosted by the Danish Minister of Justice in Copenhagen, Commissioner Mijatović called on member states to ensure that the Court remains independent and effective. Highlighting the vital role the Court plays in guaranteeing freedom, justice and...

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Investiture

Dunja Mijatović takes up office as Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights

03/04/2018 Strasbourg

Today, Dunja Mijatović takes up the post of Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights. National of Bosnia and Herzegovina, she has been elected last January by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. She is the first woman to hold this post, succeeding Nils Muižnieks...

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Statement

The Commissioner condemns attack against the head of the Human Rights Centre Memorial in Dagestan

29/03/2018 Strasbourg

Yesterday the head of the Human Rights Centre Memorial in Dagestan, Mr Sirazhutdin Datsiev, was attacked on the way to his office in Makhachkala. I firmly condemn this violent assault against a member of Memorial. It is the latest of a succession of attacks in recent months targeting - human...

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Third party intervention

The Commissioner intervenes before the European Court of Human Rights on cases concerning alleged pushbacks of migrants at Spain’s border

28/03/2018 Strasbourg

Today the Commissioner published updated written observations that he submitted to the European Court of Human Rights in two cases concerning returns of migrants from the Spanish city of Melilla to Morocco. The cases were referred to the Grand Chamber last January. The present new observations...

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Statement

Commissioner urges Poland’s Parliament to reject bill which restricts access to abortion care

23/03/2018 Strasbourg

"I am deeply concerned to learn that this week the Polish Sejm pursued the examination of a bill called “Stop Abortion”, prepared by a group of citizens", said Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights. "Poland has one of the most restrictive abortion laws in Europe,...

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Country visit

Slovak Republic: adopt a bolder approach to ensure inclusive education and strengthen the safety of journalists

16/03/2018 Bratislava

Today the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, concluded a visit to the Slovak Republic which focused on inclusive education of children with disabilities and Roma children. At the same time, since the visit took place shortly after the murder of investigative...

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Letter

The Commissioner is concerned by certain provisions of the draft law on immigration and asylum in France

12/03/2018 Strasbourg

In a letter to members of the French National Assembly, published today, the Commissioner expresses concern at the risk of violations of the rights of migrants, including asylum seekers, if the provisions of the draft law for managed immigration and an effective right to asylum are passed as they...

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International Women's Day

No excuse should obstruct the ratification and implementation of the Istanbul Convention

07/03/2018 Strasbourg

In a message to mark International Women’s Day 2018, the Commissioner underlines that politicians and opinion makers should promote an honest and well-informed public debate about the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul...

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Joint statement

International organisations commit to building broader support for human rights

06/03/2018 Geneva

With the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 70 years ago, governments around the globe committed to making peace, democracy and justice a reality for all. We, national, regional and international institutions have worked towards that objective, striving to improve the life of...

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Panel discussion

Beyond jargon: Reframing our communication on human rights

06/03/2018 Geneva

Event hashtag #StandUp4HumanRights What High level panel discussion on what can be done to make human rights popular again in times of increased populism and scepticism. Who United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kate Gilmore, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Nils...

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Speech

Commissioner calls for more efforts towards women’s equality

01/03/2018 Brussels

In an address at the European Parliament on 1 March 2018, the Commissioner warns against complacency and backsliding in women’s rights in Europe and invites members of the European Parliament to add their voice to the call for laws, policies and behaviour that respect women’s dignity. He also...

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Country visit

Serbia: Concerted efforts needed to address the legacy of the past, protect media freedoms and ensure inclusive education

22/02/2018 Belgrade

“Serbia has to move forward resolutely in addressing the legacy of the past, establish an adequate environment for media work and overcome the remaining obstacles to inclusive education.” said today Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, following a four-day follow-up...

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