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Commissioner welcomes UN solution for Bosnia's de-certified police officers

[03/05/07 14:00] Thomas Hammarberg, the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights, welcomed the UN's recent move to provide clarification about its position on the issue of de-certified police officers. The Commissioner believes that the road is now clear to end the disputes and the legal...

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May 3 - World Press Freedom Day

[27/04/07 09:00] The Council of Europe will mark World Press Freedom Day on 3 May by taking online questions and comments from journalists under the theme "Media professionals in times of crisis." Commissioner Thomas Hammarberg will give online replies to those questions which are sent to...

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Thomas Hammarberg visits Brussels institutions

[27/04/07 09:00] On 27 April, the Commissioner for Human Rights attended a meeting of the EU Council Working Group on the OSCE and Council of Europe (COSCE) discussing cooperation between the EU, ODIHR and the Council of Europe on human rights. He also held a series of bilateral meetings,...

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Commissioner addresses "Why Terrorism" conference

[26/04/07 18:30] On 26 April, Thomas Hammarberg addressed a Council of Europe international conference on the fight against terrorism. An initiative of the Council of Europe Committee of Experts on Terrorism (CODEXTER), the conference brought together experts from member and observer states as...

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Bosnia and Herzegovina: “Solution for banned police officers now possible”

[24/04/07 13:30] Following meetings in Sarajevo from 20-21 April, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Thomas Hammarberg stated that it would now be possible to reach a final agreement on complaints by Bosnian police officers who have argued that they had been unfairly dismissed by the...

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Thomas Hammarberg addresses PACE during human rights debate

[18/04/07 18:30] In his address to the PACE special debate on human rights and democracy in Europe, the Commissioner for Human Rights spoke of an "implementation deficit" in the area of governmental follow-up on agreed human rights standards, and welcomed PACE's three new reports on the state of...

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Discussion on strategies to strengthen the protection of human rights

[14/04/07 10:00] In a roundtable discussion on how to improve the protection and promotion of human rights in Europe, the Commissioner for Human Rights brought together leading representatives of the human rights community on 17 April. The half-day conference was attended by representatives of...

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10th Round Table of Ombudsmen and the Commissioner for Human Rights

[14/04/07 10:00] The office of the Commissioner for Human Rights held its 10th Round Table with national Ombudsmen of Council of Europe member states on 12-13 April in Athens (Greece). Organised together with the Ombudsman of Greece, the meeting was also attended by heads of National Human Rights...

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Commissioner hands over Council of Europe film award

[16/04/07 11:00] On 14th April, Commissioner Thomas Hammarberg attended the award ceremony of the 26th International Istanbul Film Festival and presented the first FACE award (Film Award of the Council of Europe) to the France-Mali-US co-production entitled "Bamako" (The Court). Directed by...

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Commissioner holds discussions with UN high officials in Geneva

[03/04/07 11:00] Commissioner Thomas Hammarberg is in Geneva for two days of talks with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. He is meeting UN HCHR Louise Arbour and a number of other high officials.

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Commissioner concludes talks at UN on Bosnia’s de-certified police officers

[02/04/07 15:00] Following talks with representatives of UN Security Council member states on 29-30 March, Commissioner Thomas Hammarberg expressed optimism that the UN will issue a proper response to those police officers in Bosnia and Herzegovina who have complained of unfair dismissal by the...

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10th Round Table of Ombudsmen and the Commissioner for Human Rights

[30/03/07 10:00] The office of the Commissioner for Human Rights will hold the 10th Round Table with national Ombudsmen of Council of Europe member states on 12-13 April in Athens (Greece). Organised together with the Ombudsman of Greece, the meeting will also be attended by heads of National...

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Commissioner for Human Rights encourages governments to sign new UN disability convention

[28/03/07 17:00] Thomas Hammarberg, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, encourages Council of Europe member states to sign the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol, when it opens for signature and ratification on 30 March. To raise...

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Commissioner addresses San Marino colloquy on future of the Court

[23/03/07 13:00] At a colloquy organised by the Council of Europe's San Marino Chairmanship, held on 22- 23 March in San Marino, Commissioner Hammarberg presented a series of proposals on strengthening cooperation with ombudsmen and National Human Rights Institutions in order to safeguard the...

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Commissioner visits Poland

[20/03/07 16:00] Commissioner Thomas Hammarberg visited Warsaw for talks with Polish Foreign Minister Anna Fotyga. The agenda includes Poland's controversial lustration law, the government's efforts to combat discrimination and racism, as well as the Commissioner's future role in relation to...

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Statement on the 2004 Madrid bombings anniversary

[11/03/07 09:00] "Three years ago 192 people were killed and more than 2000 people were injured in one of the deadliest terrorist attacks in Europe. The anniversary of the Madrid bombings is an occasion to reaffirm our solidarity with the families of the victims and the Spanish people, but also...

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Violence against women knows no geographical boundaries

[08/03/07 09:00] In an appeal to the 46 member states on the eve of International Women's Day, Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly President René van der Linden and Human Rights Commissioner Thomas Hammarberg stress that domestic violence is one of the most widespread violations of human...

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Commissioner for Human Rights concludes Chechnya visit

[02/03/07 11:00] Commissioner Hammarberg has concluded a week-long visit to the Chechen Republic of the Russian Federation, through which he sought to raise awareness about Council of Europe human rights standards. In Grozny, the Commissioner visited a security force base under the Chechen...

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Commissioner for Human Rights concludes visit to Georgia and conflict zones

[21/02/07 12:00] Thomas Hammarberg, the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights, has returned from a visit to Georgia. The Commissioner focused his attention on the human rights situation in the frozen conflicts related to Abkhazia and South Ossetia. He will now prepare a report to the...

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Commissioner for Human Rights visits Georgia

[09/02/07 11:00] Thomas Hammarberg, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, will visit Georgia from 12 to 18 February 2007. The special visit will include the assessment of the human rights situation in Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Adjara.

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