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Czech Republic: “Equal education for Roma children should be guaranteed”, says Commissioner Hammarberg

Strasbourg, 22/11/10 – "There has been virtually no change on the ground in the Czech Republic since the European Court of Human Rights found three years ago that the country had discriminated against Roma children by educating them in schools for children with mental disabilities." This...

Croatia: “Time to solve post-conflict human rights issues” says Commissioner Hammarberg

Strasbourg, 17/06/10 - "Croatia has made important progress since its independence. However, solving serious human rights issues caused by the 1991-1995 war still require further determination" said the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, presenting today his...

Turkey: Commissioner Hammarberg concludes his visit to Diyarbakir and Ankara

Strasbourg, 26/05/10 - The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, concluded today a three-day visit to Diyarbakir and Ankara during which he continued his dialogue with the Turkish authorities, following up on his two reports published in October 2009 regarding...

Calais: Commissioner Hammarberg discusses migration and asylum policies with the French government

Strasbourg, 20.05.2010 - At the conclusion of a two-day visit to Calais and the surrounding area as well as to Paris, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, called on the French authorities to ensure the effective respect of the rights of migrants, and in...

Commissioner in Tbilisi and Tskhinvali: detainees released

[03/05/10 10:15] The process of resolving the humanitarian and human rights issues has restarted, said Commissioner Hammarberg after a visit to Tskhinvali on Sunday. Three detained Georgians were released and it was pledged that another three would be freed within the near future.

Croatia: Commissioner Hammarberg encourages the adoption of further measures for post war justice and the protection of displaced persons and Roma

Strasbourg 12.04.2010 - Croatia appears ready to do its part in resolving the human rights issues which still remain after the war-related atrocities in the nineties, stated Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Thomas Hammarberg when concluding a four-day visit to Croatia. He held...

Azerbaijan: “Freedom of expression must be protected as a matter of priority” says Commissioner Hammarberg

Baku, 05.03.2010 - Freedom of expression, situation of non-governmental organisations, respect of human rights by law enforcement officers, and the administration of justice were the main themes of the visit to Azerbaijan from 1-5 March 2010 by the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human...

Commissioner Hammarberg concludes visit to Georgia

[05/03/10 11:00] From 26 to 28 February, the Commissioner visited Georgia to pursue his efforts towards the release of detainees and the clarification of the fate of missing persons. The Commissioner introduced two international experts who will be monitoring the ongoing investigations into...

Commissioner Hammarberg meets President in Azerbaijan

[02/03/10 16:00] T he Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, held a meeting with the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, in Baku on Tuesday. They discussed the functioning of the system of justice and the situation of the media and...

Commissioner Hammarberg visits Azerbaijan

[25/02/10:30] Media freedom, the justice system, the behaviour of law enforcement officials and the legislative framework on non-governmental organisations are the main topics that the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, will discuss during his visit to...

European migration policies discriminate against Roma people

[22/02/10 10:30] European governments are not giving Roma migrants the same treatment as others who are in similar need of protection. Roma migrants are returned by force to places where they are at risk of human rights violations. In Germany, Austria and "the former Yugoslav Republic of...

Commissioner Hammarberg continues dialogue with Lithuanian authorities on discrimination issues and minority rights

[17/02/10 09:30] The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, published today letters sent to the Prime Minister of Lithuania and to the Speaker of the Seimas (Parliament) on discrimination issues, minority rights and steps taken to investigate whether...

Greece: Commissioner Hammarberg welcomes initial steps to improve refugee policy, police conduct and minority rights - and urges determined implementation

[11/02/10 10:40] The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, concluded yesterday a three-day visit to Greece during which he held discussions with a number of authorities including the Vice-President of the Government, the Minister of Justice and the Minister of...

Commissioner Hammarberg visits Kosovo* to assess the situation of forced returnees

[10/02/10 10:30] Several European governments are forcibly returning to Kosovo persons who have found shelter in their countries. To assess the situation, Thomas Hammarberg, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, visits Kosovo from 11 to 13 February. According to UN...

The Strasbourg Court is a source of hope for many – its continued effective functioning must be guaranteed

[08/02/10 15:00] The European Court of Human Rights has been overwhelmed by the response from ordinary people all over Europe. More than fifty thousand applications were received during 2009 and the number of pending cases is now well over one hundred thousand. These figures underline the need...

Commissioner Hammarberg visits Greece to discuss the situation of asylum seekers and minorities and police conduct

[05/02/10 14:30] The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, will visit Greece from 8 to 10 February to discuss with the authorities issues relating to the protection of human rights of asylum seekers and minorities, as well as police misconduct. The programme...

Criminalising migration is the wrong answer to a complex social phenomenon

[04/02/10 09:30] "Criminalising the irregular entry and presence of migrants in Europe corrodes established international law principles and causes many human tragedies without achieving its purpose of genuine control" said Thomas Hammarberg, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human...
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