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Statement

Europe's duty to avoid detaining migrants

09/03/2017 Strasbourg

The recent recommendation of the European Commission (EC) on more and longer detention of migrants is likely to lead to human rights violations without furthering other goals, such as facilitating the processing of asylum claims or promoting dignified returns. EU law allows for a maximum...

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Statement

Commissioner concerned about Hungary’s new law allowing automatic detention of asylum seekers

08/03/2017 Strasbourg

I am deeply concerned to learn that the Hungarian parliament has approved yesterday a Bill on border management, which is likely to exacerbate the already highly problematic situation of asylum seekers in Hungary. As reported, the adopted Bill would allow the automatic detention of all asylum...

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Country visit

Portugal: progress in participation of Roma in local decision-making should be sustained

08/03/2017 Lisbon

Concrete measures to address the discrimination Roma face in Portugal and ways to foster the participation of Roma in society were at the centre of a two day visit the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks made to Lisbon and Torres Vedras on 6-7 March. “It is heartening...

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Visit Memorandum

Urgent measures are needed to restore freedom of expression in Turkey

15/02/2017 Strasbourg

“The space for democratic debate in Turkey has shrunk alarmingly following increased judicial harassment of large strata of society, including journalists, members of parliament, academics and ordinary citizens, and government action which has reduced pluralism and led to self-censorship. This...

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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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Statement

Luxembourg should not extend the period of detention of migrant children but work to eliminate the practice

06/02/2017 Strabourg

I have learned with concern that the Luxembourg Chamber of Deputies, in its examination of Bill No. 6992 on the free movement of persons and immigration and on the holding centre, is considering extending the maximum period for the detention of migrant children and their families to seven days....

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«В обществе должен произойти культурный сдвиг: нельзя поощрять и оправдывать насилие»

Коммерсантъ, 06/02/2017 Закон, отменяющий уголовную ответственность за семейное насилие, ожидает подписи президента РФ. О том, какие меры должны принять российские власти для борьбы с проблемой насилия в семье,— в статье комиссара Совета Европы по правам человека НИЛСА МУЙЖНИЕКСА, написанной...

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The duty to combat domestic violence

Kommersant, 06/02/2017 For many people, home means a refuge, a place where we feel safe and free. A place where our private life is sacred and where the state has no right to pry. But for victims of domestic violence, home means just the opposite: a source of stress and torment. The state has a...

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EU agreements with third countries must uphold human rights

The Huffington Post - 02/02/2017 As the European Council is set to meet in Malta on Friday to address the Union’s response to migration, one topic should be prominent on all points of its agenda: states’ obligations to uphold the human rights of migrants. The urgency for this is clear. Since 2014...

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Statement

Commissioner concerned about closure of two newspapers in Greece

30/01/2017 Strasbourg

I have learned with deep concern that the publication of historic Greek newspapers Ta Nea and To Vima has ceased due to a lack of agreement between their owner, the Lambrakis Press Group, and its lenders. This situation deals a harsh blow to media pluralism in Greece and shrinks the diversity of...

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Statement

Slovenia: Commissioner concerned about adoption of amendments to Aliens Act that violate human rights

27/01/2017 Strasbourg

“While the latest legislative revisions introduce an individualised identification procedure, I remain concerned that the amendments to the Slovenian Aliens Act adopted yesterday violate Slovenia’s international human rights obligations, as I stated in my recent letter to the President of the...

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Statement

Latvia: disproportionate defamation fine against Tvnet.lv can chill media freedom

26/01/2017 Strasbourg

The decision of the Riga Higher Court to impose a 50,000 euros fine on the portal Tvnet.lv for damaging the reputation of the National Opera with an opinion article can have a deleterious impact on media freedom and public speech in Latvia. Though the appeal decision has reduced the fine levied...

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Country visit

Monaco must consolidate the progress achieved in protecting the rights of children, people with disabilities and LGBTI persons

20/01/2017 Strasbourg

“Monaco has made significant progress in recent years in the protection of human rights. However, this progress must be consolidated by further improving protection of the rights of the most vulnerable, such as children, people with disabilities and LGBTI persons, and by strengthening the...

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Statement

Commissioner concerned about non-implementation of a judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in Russia

20/01/2017 Strasbourg

Yesterday’s decision of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation on the Yukos case bears far-reaching consequences for human rights protection in Russia and elsewhere in Europe. Preventing the implementation of a judgment of the European Court of Human Rights weakens the safeguards for...

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Letter

Slovenia: Parliament must ensure that legislative reform on migrants complies with human rights obligations

17/01/2017 Strasbourg

“Slovenian parliamentarians should reject amendments to the Aliens Act that are contrary to international human rights and refugee protection standards by which Slovenia is bound”, said today Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, while releasing a letter addressed to...

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Statement

Serbia’s judiciary should prevent defamation’s chilling effect on media freedom

10/01/2017 Strasbourg

I am concerned by the possible negative impact on media freedom of the decision of the High Court in Belgrade to fine, in defamation proceedings, the political weekly NIN for damaging the reputation of the Minister of Interior of Serbia, following the publication in June 2016 of an article on the...

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Statement

Commissioner Muižnieks urges the Russian authorities to better respect journalists' rights and safety

09/01/2017 Strasbourg

I have learned with great concern that an Instagram post published by the Speaker of the Chechen Parliament last Friday intimidated Gregory Shvedov, an editor-in-chief of Caucasian Knot – a Russian independent media outlet which covers news from the North Caucasus, including human rights...

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Letter

Belgium urged not to resume detention of migrant children and to expand alternatives to immigration detention for families with children

19/12/2016 Strasbourg

In a letter addressed to the Secretary of State for Migration and Asylum of Belgium, Mr Theo Francken, published today, Commissioner Muižnieks warns against resuming the practice of detaining migrant families with children. Referring to the Secretary of State’s recent general policy statement,...

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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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