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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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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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Conclusions

Commissioner Muižnieks examines impact of national human rights action plans

20/12/2017 Strasbourg

The Commissioner for Human Rights published today the conclusions of a workshop he convened in Strasbourg on 2 June 2017 on national human rights action plans. The workshop gathered participants from public administration, national human rights institutions and civil society from a number of...

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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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