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Speech

The European Court of Human Rights must remain independent and effective

12/04/2018 Copenhagen

In a speech given today at a High-Level Conference hosted by the Danish Minister of Justice in Copenhagen, Commissioner Mijatović called on member states to ensure that the Court remains independent and effective. Highlighting the vital role the Court plays in guaranteeing freedom, justice and...

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Investiture

Dunja Mijatović takes up office as Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights

03/04/2018 Strasbourg

Today, Dunja Mijatović takes up the post of Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights. National of Bosnia and Herzegovina, she has been elected last January by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. She is the first woman to hold this post, succeeding Nils Muižnieks...

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Statement

The Commissioner condemns attack against the head of the Human Rights Centre Memorial in Dagestan

29/03/2018 Strasbourg

Yesterday the head of the Human Rights Centre Memorial in Dagestan, Mr Sirazhutdin Datsiev, was attacked on the way to his office in Makhachkala. I firmly condemn this violent assault against a member of Memorial. It is the latest of a succession of attacks in recent months targeting - human...

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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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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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Country visit

Slovak Republic: adopt a bolder approach to ensure inclusive education and strengthen the safety of journalists

16/03/2018 Bratislava

Today the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, concluded a visit to the Slovak Republic which focused on inclusive education of children with disabilities and Roma children. At the same time, since the visit took place shortly after the murder of investigative...

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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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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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Joint statement

International organisations commit to building broader support for human rights

06/03/2018 Geneva

With the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 70 years ago, governments around the globe committed to making peace, democracy and justice a reality for all. We, national, regional and international institutions have worked towards that objective, striving to improve the life of...

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Panel discussion

Beyond jargon: Reframing our communication on human rights

06/03/2018 Geneva

Event hashtag #StandUp4HumanRights What High level panel discussion on what can be done to make human rights popular again in times of increased populism and scepticism. Who United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kate Gilmore, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Nils...

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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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Country visit

Serbia: Concerted efforts needed to address the legacy of the past, protect media freedoms and ensure inclusive education

22/02/2018 Belgrade

“Serbia has to move forward resolutely in addressing the legacy of the past, establish an adequate environment for media work and overcome the remaining obstacles to inclusive education.” said today Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, following a four-day follow-up...

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Country visit report

Sweden should enhance protection of asylum seekers and persons with disabilities

16/02/2018 Strasbourg

“Sweden’s renewed commitment to participate in the relocation of asylum seekers and to increase resettlement are positive signals, but it’s time to lift the restrictions imposed on asylum seekers at the height of the 2015 migration crisis”, says the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human...

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Statement

Commissioner concerned about proposed additional restrictions to the work of NGOs in Hungary

15/02/2018 Strasbourg

I am seriously concerned at the legislative package recently announced by the Hungarian government under the name “Stop Soros”. If adopted by Parliament, it will introduce further arbitrary restrictions to the indispensable work of human rights NGOs and defenders in Hungary. In a letter I sent to...

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Letter

Commissioner concerned about human rights backsliding in Poland

06/02/2018 Strasbourg

In a letter addressed to the Prime Minister of Poland, Mr Mateusz Morawiecki, published today, the Commissioner raises concerns over recent developments affecting the independence of the judiciary; women’s access to sexual and reproductive rights; the deteriorating environment for NGOs active in...

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Statement

Statement on the 10th anniversary of the Declaration of the Committee of Ministers on Council of Europe action to improve the protection of human rights defenders and promote their activities

06/02/2018 Strasbourg

Ten years ago the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers adopted its Declaration on action to improve the protection of human rights defenders and promote their activities. Since then, the institution of the Commissioner for Human Rights has strengthened its action to support the work of human...

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Country visit

Invest in education and language acquisition to build a cohesive society, says Commissioner Muižnieks in Skopje

02/02/2018 Skopje

“The Macedonian authorities should implement policies that encourage interaction and understanding between ethnic communities and promote social cohesion while protecting diversity,” said the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, after a five-day follow-up visit to “the...

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Letter

Malta urged to improve the protection and integration of migrants

01/02/2018 Strasbourg

In a letter addressed to the Minister for Home Affairs and National Security of Malta published today, Commissioner Muižnieks urges Malta to improve the protection and integration of migrants. Expressing appreciation for Malta’s policy changes to end the automatic detention of migrant and its...

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Activity Report

Time to renew our commitment and halt the deterioration of human rights

25/01/2018 Starsbourg

“In 2017 the human rights situation continued to deteriorate in many European countries. Old crises deepened, new crises emerged and commitment to human rights values and standards seemed to weaken”, said today Nils Muižnieks, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights while presenting...

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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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