“More than 80 000 people were brutally killed in the Jasenovac concentration camp. This is a place of profound pain and a symbol of the disastrous consequences of unbridled nationalism and hate. Today I would like to honour the victims of those atrocities, express my solidarity with all those who...
Madam President, Excellencies, distinguished parliamentarians, ladies and gentlemen, I am honoured to have this unique opportunity to present my first annual activity report. You have all received the report, so I will not repeat what is in it; I would rather focus on my general assessment of the...
Today the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, presented her first annual activity report in a debate before the Parliamentary Assembly of the organisation. While the report covers a variety of the most pressing human rights issues in the Council of Europe member...
I take note of the decision taken by the EU's Political and Security Committee with regards to Operation Sophia. I regret that this will lead to even fewer naval assets in the Mediterranean, which could assist the rescue of persons in distress at sea. Lives are continuing to be lost in the...
Creating trust through uncovering and recognising the truth: advancing recognition and remedy for antigypsyism
Dear Commissioners, members of parliaments, representatives of the Roma community, distinguished participants: As I was preparing for this speech, I looked back at my first year as Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights to recall examples of work I have done to promote truth and...
Commissioner Mijatovic dismayed at verdict sentencing Oyub Titiev to 4 years of deprivation of liberty
I am dismayed by the verdict of the court in Shali sentencing Oyub Titiev to four years of deprivation of liberty in a colony. Mr Titiev, the head of the Chechen office of the Russian Human Rights Centre Memorial, is renowned for his courageous and important human rights work in the region over...
Wizyta w kraju
Polska powinna przywrócić niezbędne gwarancje niezależności sędziów i prokuratorów, zapobiec regresji praw kobiet i zwalczać stereotypy związane z płcią
“Nowoczesne demokracje europejskie nie mogą funkcjonować bez prawdziwie niezależnego sądownictwa. Polskie władze powinny podjąć dalsze działania na rzecz przywrócenia pełnej niezależności wymiaru sprawiedliwości, jak również na rzecz wyeliminowania niezgody i impasu wywierających nieustanny wpływ...
Ahead of International Women’s Day 2019, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović issued the following statement today: “Women’s rights are human rights and gender equality is a fundamental value of our societies, enshrined in human rights treaties. Nevertheless, progress...
At GANNHRI's Annual Meeting, Commissioner Mijatović underlines the role on the role of NHRIs in protecting the human rights of migrants
The Commissioner delivered a speech today at GANNHRI's Annual Conference on "Ensuring human rights-based and gender-responsive implementation, follow-up and review of the Global Compact for Migration: The role of National Human Rights Institutions". Download the speech CommDH/Speech(2019)2 (Pdf)...
Country visit report
Romania should improve the implementation of laws and ensure funding to effectively protect the rights of persons with disabilities and protect women from violence
“There are systemic obstacles which seriously hinder the effective protection of the rights of persons with disabilities in Romania”, said today Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, publishing the report on her visit to the country in November 2018. The report focuses...
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