IDAHOT+ Forum 2023: member states should build on momentum to end conversion practices targeting LGBTI people
Address to the European IDAHOT+ Forum 2023, hosted in the framework of Iceland’s Presidency of the Council of Europe in Reykjavik, Iceland Dear Ministers and state representatives, dear activists, dear friends, Each year, the IDAHOT forum is an important opportunity to take stock of progress and...
Comprehensive approach addressing hate crime and violence against LGBTI people
Comprehensive approach addressing hate crime and violence against LGBTI people. Keynote speech by Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, on the occasion of the IDAHO 2015 Forum “Ending hate crime and violence” (Budva, 11 May 2015) CommDH/Speech(2015)2
The human rights challenges faced by intersex people need to be urgently addressed
At the Conference on Advancing the human rights of intersex people. High-Level session: launching the work on the drafting of a new Committee of Ministers Recommendation on equality of rights of intersex people, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, gave the...
Europride 2022 - closing remarks by Dunja Mijatović
At the closing session of the International Human Rights Conference held in Belgrade for Europride 2022, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, gave the following speech: "Dear colleagues, dear Europride organisers, dear activists, dear friends, This Europride has...
ECRI 2021 annual seminar with Equality Bodies
Joining Forces to Promote and Protect the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons. Opening statement by Dunja Mijatović. Dear all, dear friends, It is a real pleasure for me to be here this morning with you for this seminar organised by ECRI, an essential partner in the fight against all forms of...
Council of Europe Conference to mark the European Day against sexual exploitation and sexual abuse of children
Good afternoon to you all and thank you very much for the invitation to contribute to this important event! The world we and our children live in is often described as over-sexualised. Children are exposed to sexualised images and messages from the media, advertisements and popular culture on a...
How to advance the human rights of intersex people: lessons learned from Finland
Webinar organised by the Permanent Representation of Finland to the Council of Europe and the Council of Europe Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Unit I would like to start with a heartfelt thank you to Finland for taking the initiative of this webinar and for its expressed commitment to...
Keynote speech at ILGA-Europe Annual Conference 2019
Dear friends, I must start with paying tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York city, which you celebrate this year. 50 years ago, those who had grown tired of hiding stood up against oppression. There have been considerable gains since then in securing the rights of...
Video message for the opening ceremony of the 17th Budapest pride Festival
Video message for the opening ceremony of the 17th Budapest pride Festival. 2 July 2012. Video message
1164th Plenary Meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council
1164th Plenary Meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council, address by Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights - 16 November 2017, Vienna. Read the speech: CommDH/Speech(2017)7
Keynote address at the 6th European Transgender Council
European societies should recognise the full diversity of gender identities. Keynote address by Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, at the European Transgender Council “Transforming Europe – 10 years of movement building” (Bologna, 3 June 2016) CommDH/Speech(2016)2
LGBTI people are not second-class citizens
LGBTI people are not second-class citizens. Keynote address by Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, at the European Governmental LGBTI Focal Point Network Roundtable (Strasbourg, 17 November 2016) CommDH/Speech(2016)5