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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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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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Letter

Commissioner urges German Parliament to increase the human rights safeguards of the bill for improving the implementation of expulsion of migrants

23/05/2019 Strasbourg

Today the Commissioner published a letter she addressed to the Chairwoman of the Committee on Internal Affairs and Community of the Parliament of Germany, Andrea Lindholz, in which she raises concerns about some aspects of the bill that aims at facilitating removals of people obliged to leave the...

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Country visit report

Hungary should address interconnected human rights issues in refugee protection, civil society space, independence of the judiciary and gender equality

21/05/2019 Strasbourg

“Human rights violations in Hungary have a negative effect on the whole protection system and the rule of law. They must be addressed as a matter of urgency,” says Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, in a report published today on her visit to Hungary in February...

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Statement

Commissioner calls for more rescue capacity in the Mediterranean

27/03/19 Strasbourg

I take note of the decision taken by the EU's Political and Security Committee with regards to Operation Sophia. I regret that this will lead to even fewer naval assets in the Mediterranean, which could assist the rescue of persons in distress at sea. Lives are continuing to be lost in the...

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Speech

At GANNHRI's Annual Meeting, Commissioner Mijatović underlines the role of NHRIs in protecting the human rights of migrants

06/03/2019 Genève

The Commissioner delivered a speech today at GANNHRI's Annual Conference on "Ensuring human rights-based and gender-responsive implementation, follow-up and review of the Global Compact for Migration: The role of National Human Rights Institutions". Download the speech CommDH/Speech(2019)2 (Pdf)...

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Country visit

Hungary should address many interconnected human rights protection challenges including civil society space, gender equality, refugee protection and independence of the judiciary

11/02/2019 Strasbourg

“Hungary faces many interconnected human rights challenges,” said today Dunja Mijatović, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, after her five-day visit to Hungary last week. “The space for the work of NGOs, human rights defenders and journalists critical of the government has become...

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Third party intervention

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

08/02/2019 Strasbourg

The Commissioner intervenes before the European Court of Human Rights in a case concerning family reunification in Denmark Today the Commissioner published her written observations submitted to the European Court of Human Rights in connection with the case of M.A. v. Denmark. This case concerns...

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Letter

The Commissioner calls on Italy to uphold the human rights of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants

07/02/2019 Strasbourg

In a letter addressed to the Prime Minister of Italy, Giuseppe Conte, published today, the Commissioner requests the Italian government to clarify the measures it intends to take to ensure the continuity of essential services for asylum seekers and beneficiaries of protection. The Commissioner is...

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Country visit report

Greece should safeguard social rights for all and improve the reception and integration of migrants

06/11/2018 Strasbourg

“Greece should take urgent steps and adopt long-term policies to improve the reception and integration of migrants and to reverse the adverse effects of austerity measures on access to health care and education”, says Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, publishing...

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Letter

Commissioner calls on Croatia to investigate allegations of collective expulsions of migrants and of violence by law enforcement officers

05/10/2018 Strasbourg

In a letter addressed to the Prime Minister of Croatia published today, Commissioner Mijatović raises concerns about allegations of collective expulsions of 2500 migrants since the beginning of 2018 and reported violence and other crimes allegedly committed by law enforcement officers. “The...

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Third party intervention

Commissioner Mijatović intervenes before the European Court of Human Rights on migration cases concerning Spain

26/09/2018 Strasbourg

Today the Commissioner took part in the hearing before the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of N.D. and N.T. v. Spain in relation to two complaints concerning alleged summary returns of migrants from the Spanish city of Melilla to Morocco. Commissioner Mijatović...

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Statement

European states must put human rights at the centre of their migration policies

05/07/2018 Strasbourg

“European states’ current approach to the arrivals of refugees and migrants has transformed a manageable issue into an extremely divisive topic, in particular within EU member states. And it has caused immense suffering and hardship to thousands of people who sought our protection. It is time...

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Country visit

Greece: immediate action needed to protect human rights of migrants

29/06/2018. Athens, Greece

“The humanity and hospitality that Greece’s people and authorities demonstrated towards migrants in recent years is truly commendable. In spite of these efforts, however, the situation remains worrying and much more needs to be done to protect the human rights of those who have had to flee their...

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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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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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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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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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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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