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Statement

International Criminal Court needs robust and long-term support

30/06/2022 Strasbourg

"As unspeakable atrocities are committed in the heart of Europe once again, we are reminded that the International Criminal Court (ICC), as a pillar of the international criminal justice system and the fight against impunity, is needed more than ever,” said Dunja Mijatović, the Council of Europe...

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Speech

At the crossroads – Democracy, Human Rights and the Rule of Law

27/06/2022 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights pronounced the following keynote speech at the Solemn Hearing of the European Court of Human Rights on 25 June 2022. President Spano, President of the Hellenic Republic, Distinguished Judges, excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, As Commissioner...

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Letter

Hungary: establish a fair and effective asylum system

21/06/2022 Strasbourg

In a letter addressed to the Hungarian Minister of the Interior published today, Commissioner Mijatović expresses her appreciation for the country’s open border policy for those fleeing Ukraine but raises concerns about the longer-term protection perspective of third country nationals and...

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Exhibition

LISTEN by War Childhood Museum: let’s make the voices of children affected by war heard

20/06/2022 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, is hosting a pop-up exhibition to underline the necessity of having the voices of children affected by war heard. At the inauguration, the Commissioner stated that despite mentions of "never again", the war has been going on...

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Mission

Commissioner Mijatović concludes her mission to Kosovo*

03/06/2022 Pristina

In the context of her continuous human rights monitoring work, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović carried out a mission to Kosovo from 30 May to 3 June. The mission focused on issues pertaining to transitional justice and social cohesion, freedom of the media,...

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Statement

Slovenia: lawsuits and fines against peaceful demonstrators should be dropped

25/05/2022 Strasbourg

“The financial and administrative harassment of civil society activists in Slovenia must stop immediately,” said today the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović. “Demanding that peaceful demonstrators reimburse the costs for policing unregistered public assemblies is...

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Letter

Estonia: Parliament must ensure that bill amending the State Borders Act complies with human rights obligations

23/05/2022 Strasbourg

In a letter addressed to the President of the Estonian Parliament published today, Commissioner Mijatović called on parliamentarians to amend a bill which would, among other things, allow pushbacks in situations of emergency with a mass influx of migrants, and to ensure that it fully complies...

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Letter

Bulgaria: improve protection from violence against women and domestic violence

20/05/2022 Strasbourg

In a letter addressed to the Prime Minister and the Minister of Justice of Bulgaria published today, Commissioner Mijatović calls on the Bulgarian authorities to improve the legal and institutional protection of victims of violence against women and domestic violence. The Commissioner stresses...

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Letter

Commissioner calls on UK government not to extradite Julian Assange

18/05/2022 Strasbourg

In a letter, published today, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, called on UK Home Secretary Priti Patel not to extradite Julian Assange. Writing in view of the impending decision on Mr Assange’s extradition, the Commissioner noted that the wider human rights...

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Statement

LGBTI people affected by the war in Ukraine need protection

17/05/2022 Strasbourg

“On the occasion of this year’s International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, I call on all member states to pay attention to the situation of LGBTI people who are either still in Ukraine or are fleeing the war, so that their vulnerability and needs are fully taken into account...

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Country visit report

Austria: improve reception and integration of migrants and protection of women’s rights

12/05/2022 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, published today the report following her visit to Austria carried out in December 2021, with recommendations on improving the reception and integration of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants and on strengthening women’s...

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Country visit

Visit to Ukraine: Commissioner Mijatović calls for continuous support and justice for victims of the war

07/05/2022 Strasbourg/Kyiv

“The extent and gravity of violations of human rights and international humanitarian law that have taken place as a result of the Russian Federation’s aggression against Ukraine are staggering. Providing redress and support for victims and their families and delivering justice will be an...

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Annual activity report

Commissioner presents her annual report to the Parliamentary Assembly

26/04/2022 Strasbourg

Today the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, published her annual report 2021. The Commissioner stressed that trends undermining human rights protection have continued in 2021. The topics covered by the report vary from media freedom and journalists’ safety to the...

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Statement

People in the besieged city of Mariupol must urgently be protected from harm

20/04/2022 Strasbourg

As the fighting around the besieged steel plant in the ruined city of Mariupol intensifies, there is growing uncertainty and concern about the life and human rights of those who still remain in the areas under siege. Many civilians, among them women, children and older persons, reportedly still...

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Statement

United Kingdom government‘s intention to offshore asylum processing to Rwanda sends a worrying signal

14 April 2022 Strasbourg

“Today’s announcement by the UK government of its intention to offshore asylum processing to Rwanda sends a worrying signal”, said Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović. “Not only does such externalisation raise questions about the protection of the human rights of the...

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Written comments

Commissioner Mijatović intervenes in the infringement proceedings before the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Osman Kavala v. Turkey

14 April 2022 Strasbourg

Today the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights published her written comments, submitted on 6 April 2022 to the European Court of Human Rights, in the infringement proceedings in the case of Osman Kavala v. Turkey. These proceedings concern the question referred to the Court by the...

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Statement

Kramatorsk: Those responsible for the terrible loss of civilian life must be held accountable

08/04/2022 Rome

For dozens of civilians who waited at the railway station in Kramatorsk this morning, hoping to evacuate from areas at risk of attacks by the Russian forces, the journey to safety ended in a bloodbath as the station’s grounds were struck by ballistic missiles. Hundreds more were reportedly...

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Visit to Vatican City

His Holiness Pope Francis and Commissioner Mijatović discuss the human rights of migrants and the humanitarian consequences of the war in Ukraine

08/04/2022 Rome

Today the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, met with His Holiness Pope Francis during a private Audience held in the Vatican City. The Commissioner highlighted her main concerns relating to the erosion in the protection of the human rights of migrants,...

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Recommendation

Pushed beyond the limits. Urgent action needed to stop pushbacks at Europe’s borders

07/04/2022 Strasbourg

“The scale and normalisation of pushbacks at Europe’s borders requires urgent and concerted action by governments and parliamentarians”, said today Dunja Mijatović, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, while releasing a Recommendation to member states’ governments and...

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Statement on International Roma Day

Let us fight discrimination and prejudices against Roma fleeing the war in Ukraine

07/04/2022 Strasbourg

Ahead of International Roma Day, my thoughts are with Ukrainian Roma who not only suffer from the consequences of the horrific war in Ukraine but also often face discrimination and prejudices in Europe when fleeing Ukraine. In these difficult times, it is even more important to protect Roma and...

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