Asset Publisher Asset Publisher
EN FR

Letter

Estonia: Parliament must ensure that bill amending the State Borders Act complies with human rights obligations

23/05/2022 Strasbourg

In a letter addressed to the President of the Estonian Parliament published today, Commissioner Mijatović called on parliamentarians to amend a bill which would, among other things, allow pushbacks in situations of emergency with a mass influx of migrants, and to ensure that it fully complies...

Read More

EN FR

Letter

Bulgaria: improve protection from violence against women and domestic violence

20/05/2022 Strasbourg

In a letter addressed to the Prime Minister and the Minister of Justice of Bulgaria published today, Commissioner Mijatović calls on the Bulgarian authorities to improve the legal and institutional protection of victims of violence against women and domestic violence. The Commissioner stresses...

Read More

EN FR

Letter

Commissioner calls on UK government not to extradite Julian Assange

18/05/2022 Strasbourg

In a letter, published today, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, called on UK Home Secretary Priti Patel not to extradite Julian Assange. Writing in view of the impending decision on Mr Assange’s extradition, the Commissioner noted that the wider human rights...

Read More

EN FR

Statement

LGBTI people affected by the war in Ukraine need protection

17/05/2022 Strasbourg

“On the occasion of this year’s International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, I call on all member states to pay attention to the situation of LGBTI people who are either still in Ukraine or are fleeing the war, so that their vulnerability and needs are fully taken into account...

Read More

DE EN FR

Country visit report

Austria: improve reception and integration of migrants and protection of women’s rights

12/05/2022 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, published today the report following her visit to Austria carried out in December 2021, with recommendations on improving the reception and integration of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants and on strengthening women’s...

Read More

EN FR

Country visit

Visit to Ukraine: Commissioner Mijatović calls for continuous support and justice for victims of the war

07/05/2022 Strasbourg/Kyiv

“The extent and gravity of violations of human rights and international humanitarian law that have taken place as a result of the Russian Federation’s aggression against Ukraine are staggering. Providing redress and support for victims and their families and delivering justice will be an...

Read More

EN FR RU

Annual activity report

Commissioner presents her annual report to the Parliamentary Assembly

26/04/2022 Strasbourg

Today the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, published her annual report 2021. The Commissioner stressed that trends undermining human rights protection have continued in 2021. The topics covered by the report vary from media freedom and journalists’ safety to the...

Read More

EN FR RU

Statement

People in the besieged city of Mariupol must urgently be protected from harm

20/04/2022 Strasbourg

As the fighting around the besieged steel plant in the ruined city of Mariupol intensifies, there is growing uncertainty and concern about the life and human rights of those who still remain in the areas under siege. Many civilians, among them women, children and older persons, reportedly still...

Read More

EN FR RU

Statement

United Kingdom government‘s intention to offshore asylum processing to Rwanda sends a worrying signal

14 April 2022 Strasbourg

“Today’s announcement by the UK government of its intention to offshore asylum processing to Rwanda sends a worrying signal”, said Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović. “Not only does such externalisation raise questions about the protection of the human rights of the...

Read More

EN FR RU

Written comments

Commissioner Mijatović intervenes in the infringement proceedings before the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Osman Kavala v. Turkey

14 April 2022 Strasbourg

Today the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights published her written comments, submitted on 6 April 2022 to the European Court of Human Rights, in the infringement proceedings in the case of Osman Kavala v. Turkey. These proceedings concern the question referred to the Court by the...

Read More

EN FR RU

Statement

Kramatorsk: Those responsible for the terrible loss of civilian life must be held accountable

08/04/2022 Rome

For dozens of civilians who waited at the railway station in Kramatorsk this morning, hoping to evacuate from areas at risk of attacks by the Russian forces, the journey to safety ended in a bloodbath as the station’s grounds were struck by ballistic missiles. Hundreds more were reportedly...

Read More

EN RU

Visit to Vatican City

His Holiness Pope Francis and Commissioner Mijatović discuss the human rights of migrants and the humanitarian consequences of the war in Ukraine

08/04/2022 Rome

Today the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, met with His Holiness Pope Francis during a private Audience held in the Vatican City. The Commissioner highlighted her main concerns relating to the erosion in the protection of the human rights of migrants,...

Read More

EN FR RU

Recommendation

Pushed beyond the limits. Urgent action needed to stop pushbacks at Europe’s borders

07/04/2022 Strasbourg

“The scale and normalisation of pushbacks at Europe’s borders requires urgent and concerted action by governments and parliamentarians”, said today Dunja Mijatović, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, while releasing a Recommendation to member states’ governments and...

Read More

EN FR RU

Statement on International Roma Day

Let us fight discrimination and prejudices against Roma fleeing the war in Ukraine

07/04/2022 Strasbourg

Ahead of International Roma Day, my thoughts are with Ukrainian Roma who not only suffer from the consequences of the horrific war in Ukraine but also often face discrimination and prejudices in Europe when fleeing Ukraine. In these difficult times, it is even more important to protect Roma and...

Read More

EN FR RU

Statement

Justice needed for residents of Bucha and all other victims of the war in Ukraine

06/04/2022 Strasbourg

The images of lifeless bodies of civilians, brutally killed in Bucha, render speechless. They provide a haunting illustration to shocking reports of violations of human rights and breaches of international humanitarian law, such as summary executions, abductions, torture, sexual violence, and...

Read More

EN RU

Speech

Beyond the Horizon: A New Era for the Rights of the Child

07/04/2022 Rome

Intervention at Rome High-level Launching Conference for the launching of the new Strategy for the Rights of the Child 2022 – 2027 Your excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, dear Co-panelists, dear Chair, dear children present here today, I first want to thank the Italian Presidency of the...

Read More

EN FR RU

Statement on World Health Day

Inclusive and resilient health care for all – are we closer?

06/04/2022 Strasbourg

It has been over a year since I published my Issue paper on protecting the right to health. In February 2021, as Europe was gripped by the multiple impacts of COVID-19, I addressed recommendations to member states on how to secure access to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental...

Read More

EN FR RU

Statement

Life-saving humanitarian and medical aid should immediately be allowed to reach the residents of Mariupol

28/03/2022 Strasbourg

The image of besieged Mariupol that emerges from reports and survivors’ testimonies is one of unspeakable human suffering as a result of serious human rights violations committed there on a daily basis. Thousands of residents of the city are increasingly desperate as drinking water, food, and...

Read More

EN FR RU

Missions to the Czech Republic, Hungary Poland, Romania and Slovakia

Commissioner urges more coordinated efforts by all member states to meet the humanitarian needs and protect the human rights of people fleeing the war in Ukraine

24/03/2022 Strasbourg

“All member states should strengthen their efforts to coordinate – both at domestic and European levels – and scale up support for the response to the humanitarian and human rights needs of people fleeing the war in Ukraine. Medium and long-term planning is urgently needed to ensure...

Read More

EN FR RU

Statement

Russian civil society needs support of Council of Europe member states

24/03/2022 Strasbourg

During her mission to the Czech Republic carried out as part of her work on the humanitarian and human rights consequences of the war in Ukraine, the Commissioner also met with a large number of civil society actors, including Russian and Belarusian human rights defenders and journalists who had...

Read More

EN FR RU

Third party intervention

Commissioner publishes observations on the absence of legal recognition of same-sex relationships in Russia

24/03/2022 Strasbourg

Today the Commissioner published her written observations to the European Court of Human Rights on the case of Irina Borisovna FEDOTOVA and Irina Vladimirovna SHIPITKO and 2 other applications v. Russia, which is pending before the Grand Chamber, concerning the absence of legal recognition of...

Read More

EN FR RU

Statement

Commissioner’s further steps on the human rights consequences of the war in Ukraine

15/03/2022 Strasbourg

Commissioner Mijatović and her team will visit the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, the Slovak Republic and Romania from 16 to 22 March 2022 to focus on efforts made in assisting people fleeing the war in Ukraine and assessing their human rights needs. At the end of those missions, the...

Read More

EN FR RU

Mission to the Republic of Moldova

More support urgently needed to assist people fleeing the war in Ukraine and countries of arrival, in particular the Republic of Moldova

09/03/2022 Chisinau/Strasbourg

“Beyond the prompt humanitarian response already provided by European states to people fleeing the war in Ukraine, more support is urgently needed to protect their human rights and to support countries of arrival, in particular the Republic of Moldova”, said today the Council of Europe...

Read More

EN FR RU

Statement

Russian authorities should stop the unprecedented crackdown on freedoms of expression, assembly and association in the country

07/03/2022 Chisinau

Russia's military attack against Ukraine has lasted for almost 12 days now, causing death and destruction. It is also leading to a large-scale repression of freedoms in the Russian Federation. Since the war began, more than 13 000 people, including children and elderly people, have been arrested...

Read More

EN FR RU

Statement

On International Women’s Day, let us stand with Ukrainian women and girls

07/03/2022 Chisinau

“Ahead of International Women’s Day, my sympathy and profound solidarity go to Ukrainian women and girls who are caught up in a war waged with total disregard for human life and dignity. I pay my deepest respects to those of them who have been killed, and my thoughts are with those who have been...

Read More

EN FR RU

Statement

The killing and suffering of people in Ukraine has to stop now

01/03/2022 Strasbourg

“For the sixth day now, Russia's military attack against Ukraine has continued to sow death and destruction in the heart of Europe. In just a few days, the war has led to the death or injury of hundreds of people, including many children. The latest shelling of the city of Kharkiv has laid bare...

Read More

EN FR RU

Country visit

Georgia should step up the fight against discrimination and better ensure labour rights and the human right to a healthy environment

28/02/2022 Strasbourg

“Georgia has taken significant steps to reinforce labour rights including by adopting broad legislation and setting up the labour inspectorate. However, increased efforts and additional measures are required to address the negative impact of a decade of deregulation on occupational safety and...

Read More

EN FR RU

Statement

Slovenia state apology to the “erased” is a welcome and meaningful step

25/02/2022 Strasbourg

“The apology extended today by Slovenian President Borut Pahor on behalf of the state and himself to the “erased”, 30 years after their removal from the official residence registry, is a welcome and meaningful step. It helps remedy past wrongs, foster reconciliation and prevent similar human...

Read More

EN FR RU

Statement

Commissioner for Human Rights’ statement on the situation in Ukraine

24/02/2022 Strasbourg

What had seemed unthinkable in Europe in the 21st century has just happened. Our continent is today once more being drawn into an armed conflict. The Russian military attack on Ukraine has already resulted in the loss of human life and dire human suffering. It exposes millions of people in...

Read More

EN RU

Statement

Criminal conviction of independent journalist Vladislav Yesipenko further undermines media freedom in Crimea

17/02/2022 Strasbourg

The criminal conviction handed down in the case of freelance RFE/RL journalist Vladislav Yesipenko in Crimea yesterday defies credibility and raises serious concerns that it is connected to his legitimate journalistic work. Mr Yesipenko was convicted of possession of explosives and sentenced to...

Read More

EN FR RU

Country report

Malta: High time for justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia and for reforms to safeguard media freedom and better protect the rights of migrants and women

15/02/2022 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, published today the report on her visit to Malta carried out in October 2021, with recommendations on safeguarding media freedom and ensuring the safety of journalists, protecting the lives and dignity of refugees, asylum...

Read More

EN FR RU

Letter

Spain: the review of the 2015 Law on Citizens' Safety should result in better protecting human rights

11/02/2022 Strasbourg

In a letter published today, the Commissioner calls on the Parliament of Spain to ensure that the review of the 2015 Law on Citizens’ Safety is used as an opportunity to bring it fully in line with European and international human rights standards, in particular as concerns the provisions...

Read More

EN FR RU

Third Party Intervention

Commissioner intervenes before the European Court of Human Rights in a case concerning the situation of asylum seekers and migrants stranded at the border between Poland and Belarus

04 February 2022 Strasbourg

Today, the Commissioner published her written observations to the European Court of Human Rights on the case of R.A. and others v. Poland concerning the situation of asylum seekers and migrants stranded at the border between Poland and Belarus. The Commissioner’s observations were submitted in...

Read More

EN FR RU

Statement

Remembering the Holocaust by rejecting denial and distortion

26/01/2022 Strasbourg

Year after year, reports warn against rising antisemitism in Europe. A particularly worrying manifestation of this phenomenon is the spreading of messages denying or distorting the Holocaust in the digital space. Such statements attempt to cast doubt on the existence of the Holocaust, its...

Read More

EN FR RU

Letter

Azerbaijan: new media law raises serious human rights concerns and should be changed

25/01/2022 Strasbourg

In a letter made public today, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, invites the President of Azerbaijan, Mr Ilham Aliyev, to use his authority to return a recently adopted media law to the Milli Majlis to proceed to its substantial revision. In her letter, the...

Read More

EN FR RU

Statement

Hungarian government must stop instrumentalising and weakening the human rights of LGBTI people

13/01/2022 Strasbourg

“The decision of the Hungarian government to conduct a national referendum regarding children’s access to information concerning sexual orientation and gender identity issues on the same day as the parliamentary elections is deeply regrettable as it furthers the instrumentalisation of the human...

Read More

EN FR RU

Statement

The liquidation of Memorial NGOs is a harsh blow to human rights protection in Russia

29/12/2021 Strasbourg

"The Russian courts decisions yesterday and today to shut down two prominent human rights groups - International Memorial and Human Rights Centre Memorial – on the grounds of the so-called “foreign agents” law is a deplorable move that will have significant negative consequences for human rights...

Read More

EN FR RU

Statement

The Georgian Parliament should reject draft legislation undermining the independent functioning of the State Inspector’s Service

28/12/2021 Strasbourg

I call on the Georgian Parliament to refrain from adopting, in an expedited manner and without proper consultation with the relevant stakeholders, the draft law aiming at the abolition of the State Inspector’s Service which is an independent institution responsible for personal data protection...

Read More

DE EN FR RU

Country visit

Austria should step up efforts to protect women’s rights and gender equality and improve the reception and integration of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants

20/12/2021 Strasbourg

“Austria has taken significant steps to combat violence against women but, as the high number of femicides and the emergence of new digital dimensions of violence show, increased and better co-ordinated efforts are required,” said Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović...

Read More

EN FR RU

Report

Human rights of LGBTI people in Europe: current threats to equal rights, challenges faced by defenders, and the way forward

09/12/2021 Strasbourg

“LGBTI human rights defenders are facing an increasingly hostile environment in many European countries. Member states of the Council of Europe must do more to protect them”, said the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, upon releasing the report of an online...

Read More

EN FR RU

Letter

Safe and legal routes and protection of human rights must take centre stage in co-operation between the United Kingdom and France on Channel crossings

08/12/2021 Strasbourg

The United Kingdom and France should ensure that the human rights of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants take centre stage in their actions to deal with crossings of the Channel, said the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, in letters addressed to the UK Home...

Read More

EN FR RU

Letter

Commissioner urges the Russian General Prosecutor to discontinue the liquidation proceedings of Memorial human rights NGOs

07/12/2021 Strasbourg

In a letter to the General Prosecutor of the Russian Federation published today, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, expresses her concerns over the liquidation proceedings against two prominent Russian human rights groups - International Memorial and Human...

Read More

EN FR RU

Statement

New legislation perpetuates restrictions and obstacles to protection of human rights on Poland’s eastern border

01/12/2021 Strasbourg

Amendments to Poland’s Border Protection Act, adopted yesterday, effectively perpetuate many of the restrictive measures put in place by the country’s state of emergency, with negative effects on the freedom of movement, assembly, and expression on Poland’s eastern border. During my recent...

Read More

EN FR RU

Statement

The persecution of Crimean Tatars must stop

25/11/2021 Strasbourg

The arrest and detention of a large group of Crimean Tatars, including several journalists, who assembled peacefully in Simferopol last Tuesday to witness the release from detention of human rights lawyer Edem Semedlyaev, is the latest link in a chain of reprisals and harassment directed at...

Read More

EN RU

Speech

Combating violence against women in a digital age utilising the Istanbul Convention: GREVIO General Recommendation No.1 on the Digital Dimension of Violence against Women

24/11/2021 Strasbourg

Dear GREVIO members, Distinguished speakers, Colleagues and friends, Let me begin by congratulating GREVIO on the adoption of General Recommendation No.1 on the digital dimension of violence against women. I wish to extend my congratulations to all the experts and actors who worked on this...

Read More

EN FR RU

Letter

Commissioner seeks clarification over criminal proceedings against Armenian human rights defender Sashik Sultanyan

23/11/2021 Strasbourg

In a letter to the Prosecutor General of the Republic of Armenia published today, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, requests information with regards to the ongoing criminal proceedings against human rights defender Sashik Sultanyan, Head of the Yezidi Center...

Read More

EN FR RU

Statement

Georgian politicians should fully respect the independent mandate of the Public Defender

23/11/2021 Strasbourg

Public attacks by members of the Georgian Parliament against the Public Defender of Georgia, in connection with her and her Office’s work related to the imprisonment of the former President of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili, and his hunger strike, are unacceptable. I commend the Public Defender and...

Read More

EN FR RU

Statement

Council of Europe member states must prioritise children’s rights every day

20/11/2021 Strasbourg

“On the occasion of World Children’s Day, I call on political leaders to ensure that children’s rights remain firmly on top of their agendas. Council of Europe member states must take all necessary measures to build strong societies for the future. This means investing in children from early...

Read More

EN FR RU

Country visit

Commissioner calls for immediate access of international and national human rights actors and media to Poland’s border with Belarus to end human suffering and violations of human rights

19/11/2021 Strasbourg

“The humanitarian and human rights situation along Poland’s border with Belarus is alarming. Urgent action is needed to protect the lives of people stranded in the border regions”, said today the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, following her 4-day mission to...

Read More

BS EN FR RU

Opinion article

Op-ed: De-escalate Bosnia and Herzegovina - before it is too late

18/11/2021 Strasbourg

EUObserver, 18/11/2021 Warmongering has seriously intensified in Bosnia and Herzegovina. As some politicians, including in the neighbouring countries Serbia and Croatia, ratchet-up their inflammatory rhetoric, the international community struggles to find a response to escalating tensions. This...

Read More