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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...

Bulgaria: Commissioner Hammarberg calls for more respect of minority rights

Strasbourg, 04/11/2010 - Letter - The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, published today a letter addressed to the Prime Minister of Bulgaria, Boyko Borisov, on human rights of national and religious minorities. Commissioner Hammarberg highlights the need for...

France: Dialogue between Commissioner Hammarberg and Minister Hortefeux on the desecration of cemeteries

Strasbourg, 02/11/10 – "I was deeply disturbed to learn of the desecration of 37 graves in the Muslim section of Strasbourg cemetery on 24 September. Sadly, this despicable act is not the only one of its kind. Four Jewish or Muslim cemeteries have been vandalised this year in the greater...

The prohibition of torture is absolute and no exceptions allowed, ever

Strasbourg, 30/10/10 – "Despite a clear and absolute ban of torture in international and national laws, detainees are exposed or subjected to torture and other forms of ill-treatment in many European states. A solid underpinning of this legal requirement is now needed more than ever", said...

Human rights of Roma migrants in Europe

Strasbourg, 18/10/10 – What are the root causes of Roma migration in today's Europe? What are the human rights of Roma when they move from one country to another? What should receiving countries do to ensure that the human rights of Roma migrants are fully respected? The study republished...

“Romania needs to put an end to anti-Gypsyism” says Commissioner Hammarberg

Strasbourg, 15/10/10 – "Without resolute action to stamp out anti-Gypsyism, it will not be possible to help many Romanian Roma out of social exclusion and marginalisation." After a three-day visit to Romania focused on the human rights of Roma, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human...

Roma in Europe: It is high time for states to move from words to action and eliminate systemic discrimination

Strasbourg, 30/09/10 – "Roma and Travellers continue to be subject to racism and pervasive discrimination across all social sectors in many European countries. It is high time to act to reverse this situation" said the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, at the...

Rights of migrants in France: Commissioner Hammarberg calls on the authorities to comply fully with European standards

Strasbourg, 21/09/10 – "Improvements need to be made to uphold migrants' rights in France", said the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, today as he published a letter sent to the French Minister for Immigration, Integration, National Identity and Development...

Anti-Roma rhetoric in Europe : politicians should avoid feeding prejudice

Strasbourg, 09/09/10 – The French government has reacted against my statements on anti-Roma rhetoric. This I welcome and hope will encourage a serious discussion. Certainly, I stand by my position as I have stated. Politicians should be very careful about language which can promote further...

Roma refugees from Kosovo*: Commissioner Hammarberg calls on “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” to do more for their integration

Strasbourg, 07/09/10 – "Durable solutions should be pursued and implemented to ensure integration of Roma refugees from Kosovo" said Thomas Hammarberg, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, publishing today a letter sent to the Prime Minister of "the former Yugoslav Republic of...

Need to halt transfers of asylum seekers to Greece: Commissioner Hammarberg intervenes in the Strasbourg Court

Strasbourg, 01/09/10 – "Asylum seekers, including persons transferred under the ‘Dublin Regulation', face extremely harsh conditions in Greece" said the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights in a hearing today before the Strasbourg Court concerning the case of an Afghan asylum seeker...

Cyprus: “Eradicating trafficking in human beings is a pressing need”

Strasbourg, 26/07/10 – "Progressive measures have been taken to fight trafficking in human beings. It is now crucial for Cyprus to step up efforts to eradicate this scourge totally" said Thomas Hammarberg, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, publishing today a letter sent to the...

Children victimised when families are forced to return to Kosovo*

 [09/07/10 09:30] Several thousand persons have been forcibly returned to Kosovo by west European states in the last few years, mainly from Austria, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland. Among the returnees have been persons belonging to minorities, and in particular Roma, Ashkali and...

Turkey: “Too many children are detained”

Strasbourg, 08/07/10 – "There is a need of radical reform of the juvenile justice system in Turkey", said Thomas Hammarberg, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, publishing today two letters sent to the Turkish Government on human rights issues. Following the Commissioner's...

Commissioner Hammarberg requests information from Italy on alleged human rights violations of Eritrean migrants in Libya

Strasbourg, 06/07/10 – Commissioner Hammarberg published today two letters addressed to the Italian Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Franco Frattini, and of Interior, Roberto Maroni, concerning the alleged ill-treatment of a group of Eritrean migrants, including asylum seekers, in detention in...

Azerbaijan should urgently improve the protection of freedom of expression

Strasbourg, 29/06/10 – "Freedom of expression is curtailed in Azerbaijan today - major improvements are needed" said the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, presenting today his report on the country. Following a visit carried out in March, the report focuses on...

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...
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