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...
United Kingdom government‘s intention to offshore asylum processing to Rwanda sends a worrying signal
“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...
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
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...
UK government’s legacy proposals must not undermine human rights and cut off victims’ avenues to justice in Northern Ireland
In a letter to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland published today, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, warns that a proposed new plan for dealing with the legacy of the Troubles in Northern Ireland “would undermine human rights protections and would cut...
United Kingdom: Parliamentarians should reject restrictions on peaceful demonstration, criminalisation of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities
In a letter to the UK House of Commons and House of Lords, published today, the Commissioner urged parliamentarians to reject restrictions on peaceful demonstrations contained in the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill. She also urges them to reject a new proposed criminal offence of...
UK lawmakers should reject provisions of the Overseas Operations Bill undermining the fight against impunity for serious human rights violations
In a letter addressed to the members of the House of Commons made public today, the Commissioner warns that provisions of the Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill currently under discussion give “cause for grave concern about their compliance with the United Kingdom’s...
United Kingdom: Coming debate on the Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill
Tomorrow, a debate on the Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill will take place in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom (https://bit.ly/2NIpLUE). This will include consideration of several amendments that are particularly important for the protection of the...
Julian Assange should not be extradited due to potential impact on press freedom and concerns about ill-treatment
I have been following with great attention the developments concerning Julian Assange’s case, in particular the charges against him and the extradition request submitted by the United States government to the United Kingdom. In addition to my own monitoring and analysis, I have received...
On 10 January 2019, the Commissioner provided evidence in the form of a letter to the Equalities and Human Rights Committee of the Scottish Parliament regarding the Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Bill. In her letter, the Commissioner provides further clarification to the Committee...
In a letter addressed to Scotland’s Minister for Children and Young People, Maree Todd MSP, published today, the Commissioner calls for an increase in the age of criminal responsibility and stronger safeguards in the treatment of children who come into conflict with the law. “Children who come...
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