Letter

Georgia: concerns about the compatibility of the draft law “On transparency of foreign influence” with the rights to freedom of association and expression

16/04/2024 Strasbourg

In a letter addressed to the Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia published today, Commissioner O’Flaherty expresses concerns about the compatibility of the draft law “On transparency of foreign influence” with the human rights standards in the field of freedom of association and expression, and...

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Speech

Commissioner pledges to prioritise the defence of civil society

08/04/2024 Strasbourg

Speech delivered at the exchange of views with the Council of Europe's Conference of International Non-Governmental Organisations (CINGO): “Dear friends, Thank you for inviting me to this exchange of views with the Council of Europe’s Conference of International non-Governmental Organisations....

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Statement

The Commissioner calls for an enhanced respect for the dignity of Romani people

08/04/2024 Страсбург

Participating in an event to mark International Romani Day in Strasbourg today, the Commissioner delivered the following speech: “Excellencies, esteemed representatives of the city of Strasbourg, distinguished chair of the Council of Europe Committee of Experts on Roma and Traveller Issues,...

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Statement

The protection of the human rights of Roma and Travellers must become a top priority in our member states

05/04/2024 Strasbourg

“The discrimination experienced by Roma and Travellers in Europe and the scale of human rights violations that they face is shocking and calls for firm action”, said the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Michael O’Flaherty today ahead of International Roma Day on 8 April. “There...

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Statement

Michael O'Flaherty takes up office as Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights

01/04/2024 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe's new Commissioner for Human Rights, Michael O'Flaherty, begins his six-year mandate today with a pledge to put human rights at the heart of member states’ agendas. "I intend to inject a human rights perspective into the greatest challenges facing our societies," said...

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Statement

Dunja Mijatović ends her term as Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights

30/03/2024 Strasbourg

“At the end of my term as Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, I am both grateful and reflective. Over the past six years, I have witnessed the extraordinary commitment to human rights displayed by partners of my Office, and by ordinary citizens in the face of an ever-changing...

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Statement

Georgia: political manipulation and harassment of LGBTI people and human rights defenders have no place in a democratic society

27/03/2024 Strasbourg

“I am concerned about the present political discourse in Georgia, as illustrated by the announcement made by the Georgian Dream Party of their initiative to amend the Constitution and to adopt a new constitutional law on ‘Protection of Family Values and Underaged Persons’. It is reflective of...

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Speech

Commissioner addresses the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe

26/03/2024 Strasbourg

Speech at the 46th Session of the Congress of the Council of Europe Dear Mr President, distinguished members of the Congress, I am grateful for the opportunity to address this assembly today. As my mandate comes to an end in the coming days, this moment offers a valued space to reflect with you...

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Statement

Azerbaijan should end the intimidation and harassment of journalists and civil society activists

25/03/2024 Strasbourg

“The increasing repression faced by journalists and civil society members in Azerbaijan is reason for deep concern”, said today the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, referring to the arrests, detentions and judicial harassment that are stifling freedom of...

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Country visit

Montenegro: Seize the moment to strengthen protection of human rights

22/03/2024 Strasbourg

“Montenegro should take advantage of the opportunities offered by the prospects of further European integration to enhance its legal framework governing human rights and to ensure its full implementation”, said the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, following her...

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Rule 9

Romania should implement the Strasbourg Court’s judgments regarding rights of persons with intellectual disabilities or mental health conditions

21/03/2024 Strasbourg

The Commissioner published today two communications to the Committee of Ministers in the context of the supervision of the execution of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights relating to the protection of the rights of people with intellectual disabilities or mental health conditions in...

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Country visit report

Germany: Follow through with human rights commitments and improve access to social rights

19/03/2024 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, published today the report following her visit to Germany from 27 November to 1 December 2023, with recommendations regarding the available structures and legal frameworks to protect human rights, and on access to social rights, in...

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Issue Paper

Human rights of trans people: increased visibility and legal recognition contrast with lived experience of discrimination, violence

14/03/2024 Strasbourg

“Realising the rights of trans people is a matter of applying human rights equally to everyone, and states have the primary responsibility to lift the barriers trans people are facing in exercising their human rights”, said today the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja...

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Statement

AI instrument of the Council of Europe should be firmly based on human rights

13/03/2024 Strasbourg

“I have closely followed negotiations at the level of the Council of Europe Committee on Artificial Intelligence (CAI). As they reach their final stage, I reiterate my position that the legally binding instrument on AI and human rights should contain unambiguous obligations for states parties to...

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Statement

Full realisation of women’s and girls’ sexual and reproductive health and rights – an imperative for empowerment and gender equality

08/03/2024 Strasbourg

“Unimpeded access to quality sexual and reproductive health care is essential for women’s rights and gender equality’’, said today the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, on International Women’s Day. “In my recent report on sexual and reproductive health and rights,...

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Country memorandum

Türkiye: reverse a critically hostile environment for freedom of expression and for journalists, human rights defenders and civil society

05/03/2024 Strasbourg

“Freedom of expression is in peril in Türkiye, with journalists, human rights defenders and civil society operating in a critically hostile environment, marked by systematic pressure and legal action against them”, said the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović,...

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Report

Sexual and reproductive health and rights in Europe: a mixed picture of progress and challenges calls for robust action and commitment

27/02/2024 Strasbourg

“Charting the progress made towards the full enjoyment of sexual and reproductive health and rights in Europe paints a mixed picture. We can rejoice at notable achievements, but pervasive challenges and deficits as well as new retrogressive developments point to the need for member states to take...

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Statement

Russia’s full-scale attack on Ukraine, 2 years on: our common struggle in defence of Ukrainian people’s human rights

23/02/2024 Strasbourg

Tomorrow marks two years since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation, and two years of immense suffering for the Ukrainian people. The war rages on, and serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law continue to be committed. Each new...

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Recommendation

Europe must end repression of human rights defenders assisting refugees, asylum seekers and migrants

22/02/2024 Strasbourg

“Across Europe, individuals and organisations are facing growing harassment, intimidation, violence and criminalisation simply for contributing to the protection of the human rights of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. European states must stop this repression”, said today the Council of...

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Human Rights Comment

Protecting the human rights of sex workers

15/02/2024 Strasbourg

The lived realities of sex workers across Europe raise serious human rights concerns. It is crucial to approach this important and complex issue with a full understanding of the human rights consequences of the experience of high levels of violence and inadequate protection from law enforcement...

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