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Letter

Czech Republic: The Chamber of Deputies should seize the opportunity to deliver justice to victims of forced sterilisations

29/09/2020 Strasbourg

In a letter addressed to the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Republic, made public today, the Commissioner invites parliamentarians to ensure that the consideration of the bill on the compensation of victims of forced and coercive sterilisations extends beyond the first reading...

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Letter

Commissioner urges the Slovak Parliament to reject bill which would further restrict women’s access to their sexual and reproductive health and rights

10/09/2020 Strasbourg

Today the Commissioner published a letter in which she raises concerns about a draft law currently under discussion in the National Council of the Slovak Republic which would introduce restrictions on access to safe and legal abortion services. The letter was sent on 7 September to the Speaker of...

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Statement

The Commissioner urges President of Poland to veto the amendments to the Medical Professions Act

22/07/2020 Strasbourg

“I regret that the amendments to Poland’s Medical Professions Act adopted on 16 July by the lower house of the Polish parliament, the Sejm, fail to explicitly oblige healthcare providers to refer patients to an alternative and willing provider in the event of the refusal of a medical service on...

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Country visit report

The Republic of Moldova should ratify the Istanbul Convention, improve its response to hate speech and advance access to quality healthcare, affordable housing and social inclusion for all

25/06/2020 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, published today a report on her visit to the Republic of Moldova in March this year – which included travel to Comrat (Autonomous Territorial Unit of Gagauzia) and Tiraspol - with recommendations on violence against women and...

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Statement

COVID-19: Ensure women’s access to sexual and reproductive health and rights

07/05/2020 Strasbourg

It is already clear that the pandemic will deepen existing gender inequalities, given women’s over-representation in professions (and other unpaid activities) which expose them to a high risk of infection and in low-paid and precarious jobs which will be particularly badly affected by the ensuing...

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Statement

Commissioner urges Poland’s Parliament to reject bills that restrict women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights and children’s right to sexuality education

14/04/2020 Strasbourg

“It is with dismay that I have learned that Poland’s Parliament’s lower house plans to resume this week the examination of two citizens’ bills that aim to restrict women’s access to safe and legal abortion care and children’s right to sexuality education. I urge the Parliament to reject both...

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Country visit report

Stronger commitment needed to combat racism, fight gender stereotypes and increase media freedom in Bulgaria

31/03/2020 Strasbourg

Today the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, published a report on the visit to Bulgaria she carried out in November 2019. The report focuses on racism, intolerance and discrimination; violence against women and domestic violence; and media freedom. The Commissioner...

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Country visit

The Republic of Moldova should ratify the Istanbul Convention, strengthen protection against hate speech and improve access to quality healthcare and social housing

16/03/2020 Strasbourg

“The Republic of Moldova has made commendable progress in aligning its legislation on women’s rights and domestic violence with international standards and worked gradually to strengthen its implementation on many levels. A speedy ratification of the Istanbul Convention will send a strong message...

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Statement

Let us all rise to the challenge of making a world where gender equality is a reality

05/03/2020 Strasbourg

Ahead of International Women’s Day 2020, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović issued the following statement today: “As we celebrate International Women’s Day and the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, it is saddening to note that most...

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Rule 9

The Polish authorities need to take adequate measures to ensure access to lawful abortion

11/02/2020 Strasbourg

The Commissioner published today her submission to the Committee of Ministers in the context of the supervision of the execution of the judgments handed down by the European Court of Human Rights in three cases against Poland. Each of these cases relates to one of the three different situations...

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Country visit

Bulgaria should counter harmful narratives endangering human rights and step up efforts to fight hate speech and domestic violence

02/12/2019 Strasbourg

“The government should step up its efforts to fight the hate speech prevailing today in Bulgaria in particular against Roma, LGBTI people and other minority groups” said the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, today after a 5-day visit to the country. Hate speech and...

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Letter

Commissioner calls on Slovak parliament to reject retrogressive measures on access to safe and legal abortion care

26/11/2019 Strasbourg

The Commissioner published a letter sent to the National Council of the Slovak Republic today, in which she calls on the National Council of the Slovak Republic to reject a legislative proposal which would restrict existing access to safe and legal abortion care. The tabled proposal would...

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Statement

Speak up against sexist hate speech

22/11/2019 Strasbourg

“Sexist hate speech is a long-standing problem in Europe which has acquired a new dimension in recent years with the rising popularity of social media platforms. Threats of murder, sexual assault or rape occur daily offline and online. To prevent and combat gender-based violence against women...

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Country visit report

Poland’s authorities should shield judges from pressure, actively protect women’s rights and step up policies for gender equality

28/06/2019 Strasbourg

Today the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, published a report on the visit to Poland she carried out from 11 to 15 March 2019. The report focuses on the independence of the judiciary and the prosecution service, women’s sexual and reproductive rights, gender...

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Speech

Women’s rights at the crossroads: strengthening international co-operation to close the gap between legal frameworks and their implementation

24/05/2019 Strasbourg

Conference organised by the Council of Europe in co-operation with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its causes and consequences and with the French Presidency of the Committee of Ministers International co-operation was at the heart of developing the concept of...

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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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Country visit

Poland should restore necessary guarantees for independence of judges and prosecutors, prevent regression on women’s rights and combat gender stereotypes

15/03/2019 Warsaw

“Modern European democracies cannot function without truly independent judiciaries. Poland’s authorities should take further steps to restore full independence of the judiciary and act to resolve discord and deadlock that continue to affect the functioning and the credibility of some of the...

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Women's Day

We need to stand up for women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights

07/03/2019 Strasbourg

Ahead of International Women’s Day 2019, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović issued the following statement today: “Women’s rights are human rights and gender equality is a fundamental value of our societies, enshrined in human rights treaties. Nevertheless, progress...

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Country visit report

Romania should improve the implementation of laws and ensure funding to effectively protect the rights of persons with disabilities and protect women from violence

28/02/2019 Strasbourg

“There are systemic obstacles which seriously hinder the effective protection of the rights of persons with disabilities in Romania”, said today Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, publishing the report on her visit to the country in November 2018. The report focuses...

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Joint Statement

OSCE Media Freedom Representative and Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights urge systematic approach to counter gender-based violence online

12/02/2019 Vienna

The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Harlem Désir, together with the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, today opened the Safety of Female Journalists Online (#SOFJO) conference: Increasing Opportunities for Freedom of Expression and Media Plurality....

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Country visit report

Report on Armenia recommends measures to improve women’s rights, protection of disadvantaged or vulnerable groups, and establishing accountability for past human rights violations

29/01/2019 Strasbourg

Today the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, published the report of her visit to Armenia carried out in September 2018. The report focuses on women’s rights, gender equality and domestic violence; the human rights of disadvantaged or vulnerable groups; and...

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Statement

Fulfil the promise of a comprehensive response to violence against women

22/11/2018 Strasbourg

“All women and girls have the right to live free from violence. Unfortunately, this is not the reality. One in three women has experienced physical or sexual violence – 22% at the hands of their partner. More than half of all women have been sexually harassed with 20% of young women reporting...

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Country visit

Romania should improve the protection of persons with disabilities, combat violence against women, safeguard press freedom and maintain the independence of the judiciary

16/11/2018 Bucharest

“Romania needs to strengthen its institutional framework to better protect the rights of persons with disabilities, and should step up the efforts to combat violence against women,” said today Dunja Mijatović, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, at the end of her five-day visit to...

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Country visit report

Estonia should adopt more human rights oriented policies to improve the protection of women and the inclusion of older persons

28/09/2018 Strasbourg

“To build a more cohesive society, the Estonian authorities should strengthen the protection of women from violence, close the gender pay gap and uphold the rights of older people”, said the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, while releasing today the report on her...

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Country visit

Armenia’s new government should place human rights at the centre of its policies

24/09/18 Strasbourg

“Armenia’s peaceful transfer of power in May 2018 has been truly remarkable. However, popular expectations are high that there will be tangible improvements to people’s lives, and the government should devote its attention to upholding the long-neglected rights of those who are most vulnerable”,...

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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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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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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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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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Letter

Commissioner calls on the Bulgarian Parliament to ratify the Istanbul Convention

22/01/2018 Strasbourg

In a letter addressed to the President of the Parliament of Bulgaria published today, Commissioner Muižnieks urged Bulgaria to move quickly forward on its path towards the ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence...

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Letter

Malta urged to eradicate violence against women and ensure access to abortion care

16/01/2018 Strasbourg

In a letter addressed to Mr Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta, published today, the Commissioner urges the government to ensure that the Bill on gender-based and domestic violence and additional measures giving effect to the bill effectively address gender inequality and violence against...

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Statement

Gender equality in employment is still a distant promise in Europe

20/12/217 Strasbourg

“This year once again women in Europe effectively worked without pay during the last two months in comparison to men. In addition they continued to face underrepresentation in decision-making bodies and positions. This is a gross injustice and a human rights violation. European states must tackle...

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Issue Paper

Progress needed to ensure women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights in Europe

04/12/2017 Strasbourg

“Women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights are human rights. Regrettably, however, women in Europe still have these rights denied or restricted as a result of laws, policies and practices that ultimately reflect continuing gender stereotypes and inequalities. States must acknowledge and...

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Letter

Ukrainian Parliament should accelerate the process of ratification of the Istanbul Convention

04/12/2017 Strasbourg

In a letter addressed to the Chairperson of the Parliament of Ukraine published today, Commissioner Muižnieks strongly encouraged the members of the Ukrainian Parliament to accelerate the process of ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against...

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Country visit

Liechtenstein should improve gender equality and the rights of persons with disabilities

24/11/2017 Vaduz

The Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, welcomed the solid legal and institutional framework for the protection and promotion of human rights in Liechtenstein, which has been strengthened by the establishment in January 2017 of the Association for Human Rights...

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Malta should step up efforts to enhance protection of women’s and migrants’ rights

10/11/2017 Valletta

“I welcome the government’s efforts to combat domestic violence in Malta. The transposition into domestic law of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, currently debated in parliament, is a decisive step forward. However, more...

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Country visit report

Lithuania should strengthen the protection of women and children against violence and build a more inclusive society for persons with disabilities

19/04/2017 Strasbourg

“While considerable progress has been achieved in protecting human rights in recent years, the Lithuanian authorities still have to address some remaining shortcomings, in particular as regards the protection of women, children and persons with disabilities” said Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe...

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Letter

Commissioner encourages Croatia to accelerate the process of ratification of the Istanbul Convention

18/04/2017 Strasbourg

In a letter addressed to the Prime Minister of Croatia published today, Commissioner Muižnieks strongly encourages the authorities to move quickly forward on their path towards the ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic...

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Memorandum

Justice, social cohesion and media freedom remain top challenges in Kosovo*

10/04/2017 Strasbourg

“Eighteen years after the end of the conflict, thousands of people are still denied justice in Kosovo. It is high time to change course and build a just and cohesive society. Major conditions for achieving this are to prosecute and effectively sanction all persons involved in wartime crimes,...

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Country visit report

Ireland should remove obstacles to the equality of Travellers, women and children

29/03/2017 Strasbourg

“The Irish government should ensure that the economic upturn benefits the most vulnerable groups and should promote equality of Travellers, women and children by removing the barriers that disproportionately hinder them from fully enjoying their rights”, said the Council of Europe Commissioner...

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Mission to Kosovo*

Kosovo*: High time to restore social cohesion and safeguard media freedom

09/02/2017 Pristina

“Many victims of the 1998-1999 war in Kosovo, in particular displaced persons, families of missing persons and victims of wartime sexual violence, are still trying to re-build their lives, find out the truth about their loved ones and access justice. The on-going political deliberations have...

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Country visit report

Latvia urged to ensure gender equality and foster an inclusive society

13/12/2016 Strasbourg

“Latvia has achieved considerable progress in adopting legislation and policies which comply with human rights standards, but the authorities must engage in more sustained efforts to bridge the remaining gaps, in particular those which still hinder gender equality and more effective protection...

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Visit to Lithuania

Lithuania: ensure better protection for persons with disabilities, children and victims of domestic violence

09/12/2016 Lithuania

“I welcome the commitment expressed by the authorities to move away from the practice of placing children without parental care and people with disabilities in institutions. However, many persons continue to live in an institutional environment. The authorities should intensify their efforts to...

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Country visit

Ireland: advance equality of Travellers and women

25/11/2016 Dublin

“I am deeply concerned at the persisting social exclusion and discrimination Travellers are confronted with in Ireland”, said the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks today, concluding a three-day visit to the country. With Travellers having been affected in a gravely...

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Visit report

Erosion of rule of law threatens human rights protection in Poland

15/06/2016 Warsaw

“Recent far-reaching changes to Poland’s legal and institutional framework threaten human rights and undermine the rule of law, on which the protection of human rights ultimately depends. Lawmakers and the Government should urgently change course”, said today Nils Muižnieks, the Council of Europe...

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