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Recommendation

Council of Europe member states must assume more responsibility for rescuing migrants at sea and protecting their rights

18/06/2019 Strasbourg

“European states’ approach to migration in the Mediterranean Sea has become much too focused on preventing refugees and migrants from reaching European shores, and too little on the humanitarian and human rights aspects. This approach is having tragic consequences”, said Dunja Mijatović, Council...

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Third party intervention

The Commissioner intervenes before the European Court of Human Rights in a case concerning family reunification in Sweden

03/06/2019 Strasbourg

Today, the Commissioner published her written observations submitted to the European Court of Human Rights in connection with the case of Dabo v. Sweden. This case concerns the refusal to grant family reunification to the family members of a person with refugee status in Sweden, because he did...

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Statement

Council of Europe member states should urgently repatriate their under-age nationals stranded in Northern Syria

28/05/2019 Strasbourg

The camp of Al-Hol in Northern Syria hosts more than 73 000 people, including citizens of Council of Europe member states, who live in squalid and hazardous conditions according to the World Health Organisation. 90% of those stranded in the camp with almost no access to health care are women and...

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Statement

ICD11 is a stride toward depathologisation of trans people, but more is needed

27/05/2019 Strasbourg

“The removal of gender identity from the list of mental illnesses in the 11th version of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11), adopted by the Assembly of States of the World Health Organisation on 25 May 2019 is a welcome and overdue development for trans people all around the...

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Letter

The Commissioner regrets the adoption by the Polish Sejm and Senate of legislation on life imprisonment which is contrary to the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights

27/05/2019 Strasbourg

The Commissioner regrets that the Polish Sejm and Senate adopted last week amendments to the Criminal Code, despite the concerns she had raised with regard to these amendments in a letter of 22 May 2019 addressed to the Marshal of the Senate of Poland, Stanisław Karczewski, published today. “The...

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Letter

Commissioner urges German Parliament to increase the human rights safeguards of the bill for improving the implementation of expulsion of migrants

23/05/2019 Strasbourg

Today the Commissioner published a letter she addressed to the Chairwoman of the Committee on Internal Affairs and Community of the Parliament of Germany, Andrea Lindholz, in which she raises concerns about some aspects of the bill that aims at facilitating removals of people obliged to leave the...

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Country visit report

Hungary should address interconnected human rights issues in refugee protection, civil society space, independence of the judiciary and gender equality

21/05/2019 Strasbourg

“Human rights violations in Hungary have a negative effect on the whole protection system and the rule of law. They must be addressed as a matter of urgency,” says Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, in a report published today on her visit to Hungary in February...

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Statement

Let’s defend LGBTI defenders

16/05/2019 Strasbourg

Ahead of International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, Commissioner Mijatović issued the following statement today. “As we mark International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, I want to pay tribute to the defenders across Europe who stand up for the rights of...

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Letter

The Commissioner calls on Serbia to ensure that its draft legislation concerning life imprisonment is compliant with the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights

15/05/2019 Strasbourg

In a letter addressed to the Minister of Justice of Serbia, Nela Kuburović, published today, the Commissioner calls on the authorities to reconsider the draft legislation introducing the sentence of life imprisonment without eligibility for conditional release for persons convicted of some of the...

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Recommendation

Unboxing artificial intelligence: 10 steps to protect human rights

14/05/2019 Strasbourg

“Ensuring that human rights are strengthened and not undermined by artificial intelligence is one of the key factors that will define the world we live in”, says Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, in a Recommendation published today. This Recommendation – entitled...

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World Press Freedom Day

Genuine political commitment needed to protect press freedom

02/05/2019 Strasbourg

“The state of journalists’ freedom and safety in Europe has reached an alarming point. The killing of journalist Lyra McKee and the violence and intimidations against journalists covering demonstrations in several European countries are the most recent examples which show that press freedom in...

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Statement

Commissioner commemorates the victims and survivors of the Jasenovac concentration camp in Croatia

12/04/2019 Jasenovac

“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...

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Activity Report

Commissioner Mijatović highlights main human rights challenges in Europe

08/04/2019 Strasbourg

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...

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Statement

Commissioner calls for more rescue capacity in the Mediterranean

27/03/19 Strasbourg

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...

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Speech

Creating trust through uncovering and recognising the truth: advancing recognition and remedy for antigypsyism

20/03/2019 European Parliament, Brussels

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...

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Statement

Commissioner Mijatovic dismayed at verdict sentencing Oyub Titiev to 4 years of deprivation of liberty

18/03/2019 Strasbourg

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...

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Wizyta w kraju

Polska powinna przywrócić niezbędne gwarancje niezależności sędziów i prokuratorów, zapobiec regresji praw kobiet i zwalczać stereotypy związane z płcią

15/03/2019 Warszawa

“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...

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Women's Day

We need to stand up for women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights

07/03/2019 Strasbourg

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...

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Speech

At GANNHRI's Annual Meeting, Commissioner Mijatović underlines the role of NHRIs in protecting the human rights of migrants

06/03/2019 Genève

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)...

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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

28/02/2019 Strasbourg

“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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