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Commissioner for Human Rights presents Memorandum on Poland

[20/06/07 15:00] Thomas Hammarberg, the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights, today presented a Memorandum on Poland’s human rights record to the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers.

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Thomas Hammarberg opens Forum for the Future of Democracy

[13/06/07 15:30] The Commissioner for Human Rights delivered a keynote address at the 2007 Council of Europe Forum for the Future of Democracy, which opened on 13 June in Stockholm. The theme of this year's Forum is "Power and empowerment - the interdependence of democracy and human rights".

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Commissioner returns from assessment mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina

[11/06/07 17:30] Thomas Hammarberg has returned from an official assessment visit in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where he focused on the situation of internally displaced people and returnees, the rights of the Roma community and other minorities, the rights of women, children and youth, as well as...

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Mediterranean tragedies: statement by Commissioner for Human Rights

[03/06/07 15:00] Following last week's tragic events on the Mediterranean sea, in which several groups of irregular migrants were denied assistance for days, and over 50 people of mostly Eritrean origin have disappeared, the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights has said the following:

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Workshop: "Human Rights Challenges in the Fight against Terrorism"

[29/05/07 11:30] The Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights will hold a one-day workshop entitled "Human Rights Challenges in the Fight against Terrorism: Protecting the Right to Privacy" on 1 June in Strasbourg. The closed expert meeting will discuss, among other themes, the legal framework...

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Commissioner concludes official visit to Austria

[29/05/07 11:30] Following an official human rights assessment visit to Austria, Commissioner Thomas Hammarberg told a press conference in Vienna that the Austrian Government would need to improve the treatment of asylum seekers and migrants.

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Commissioner to make official visit to Austria

[18/05/07 10:00] Thomas Hammarberg, the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights, will begin a one-week assessment visit to Austria next Monday, with a view to drawing up a comprehensive report on the human rights situation. The country report will be made public in autumn 2007.

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Memorandum

Commissioner presents memoranda on Latvia, Lithuania and Sweden

16/05/2007 Strasbourg

Commissioner Thomas Hammarberg presented memoranda on the state of human rights in Latvia, Lithuania and Sweden to the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers. Prepared after a visit by members of his office, the memoranda contain an assessment of progress in implementing the previous...

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Commissioner Hammarberg meets Ministers of Foreign Affairs

[14/05/07 10:00] During the 117th session of the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers, Thomas Hammarberg held bilateral talks with Mr. Vartan Oskanian, Foreign Minister of Armenia, Mr. Elmar Mammadyarov, Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan, Mr. Sven Alkalaj, Foreign Minister of Bosnia and...

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Commissioner Thomas Hammarberg visits Moldova

[10/05/07 09:00] Commissioner Thomas Hammarberg visited Moldova for a contact mission on 8-9 May. The Commissioner held talks with state authorities, in particular the Chairman of the Parliament Marian Lupu, Minister of Foreign Affairs Andrei Stratan, Minister of Justice Vitalie Pirlog, Minister...

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Commissioner Hammarberg visits Cyprus

[07/05/07 10:30] Commissioner Thomas Hammarberg was in Cyprus on 3-4 May to engage in dialogue with government ministers, national human rights structures, international representatives and NGOs working for reconciliation and human rights on the divided island.

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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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