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Statement

Roma Holocaust Day is both about our duty to remember and the need to tackle persisting discrimination against Roma

01/08/2022 Strasbourg

Ahead of the European Roma Holocaust Memorial Day on 2 August, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, calls on all states to recognise past and present human rights violations affecting Roma people and to step up efforts to ensure the protection their rights in all...

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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...

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Statement

Commemoration of the Roma Holocaust: we should combat antigypsyism and discrimination against Roma at all times

02/08/2021 Strasbourg

Every year on 2 August, we commemorate the Roma Holocaust perpetrated during the Second World War and pay tribute to the victims of horrendous past human rights violations, including deportation and extermination. Now more than ever, we should all continue to confront the deeply rooted prejudices...

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Letter

Slovak Republic: the government should deliver justice to victims of forced sterilisation through a compensation mechanism

19/07/2021 Strasbourg

In a letter to the Prime Minister and the Minister of Justice of the Slovak Republic, published today, the Commissioner calls on the government to set up a mechanism to ensure prompt and effective access to reparations for victims of forced or coercive sterilisation. This is a long-standing...

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Letter

The Senate of the Czech Republic should adopt the draft law on compensation for victims of forced sterilisation

16/07/2021 Strasbourg

In a letter to the Senate of the Czech Republic, published today, the Commissioner expresses her support for the adoption of the Proposal for a law for a one-off financial compensation for victims of unlawful sterilisation. In her letter, she follows up on her dialogue with the Czech Chamber of...

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Letter

United Kingdom: Parliamentarians should reject restrictions on peaceful demonstration, criminalisation of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities

05/07/2021 Strasbourg

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...

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Speech

Exchange of views with the European Committee of Social Rights

17/05/2021 Strasbourg

Good afternoon to you all and thank you very much for the invitation to this exchange of views! This is the first time that we meet, and the timing is certainly good. Even though there are signs of relief now, at least in Europe, the Covid-19 pandemic has been much more than just a health crisis:...

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Rule 9

Czech authorities should adopt broader measures to end school segregation of Roma children

09/11/2020 Strasbourg

The Commissioner published today her submission to the Committee of Ministers in the context of the supervision of the execution of the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights of 2007 in the case of D.H. and Others v. the Czech Republic. This case relates to the violation of Article 14 of...

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Rule 9

Bulgarian authorities should prevent forced evictions, tackle the stigmatisation and marginalisation of Roma and improve their access to adequate housing, including social housing

02/11/2020 Strasbourg

The Commissioner published today her submission to the Committee of Ministers in the context of the supervision of the execution of the judgment of 24 April 2012 by the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Yordanova and Others v. Bulgaria. The case concerns the planned eviction of Roma...

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Statement

Commemoration of the Roma Holocaust: it is imperative to act relentlessly to combat anti-Gypsyism

31/07/2020 Strasbourg

Remembering the victims of the Roma Holocaust on 2 August is a crucial moment every year. It plays a key role in the fight against racism and discrimination which targets them. I welcome the fact that more and more actors across Europe are involved in exposing the tragic chapters of Roma history...

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Raport privind vizita de stat

Republica Moldova este îndemnată să ratifice Convenția de la Istanbul, să-și îmbunătățească răspunsul la discursul de incitare la ură și să asigure un acces sporit la asistență medicală de calitate, locuințe la preț convenabil și incluziune socială pentru toate persoanele

headline 25/06/2020 Strasbourg

Comisarul pentru Drepturile Omului al Consiliului Europei, Dunja Mijatović, a publicat astăzi un raport despre vizita domniei sale în Republica Moldova, care a avut loc în luna martie a acestui an și care a inclus vizite la Comrat (Unitatea Teritorială Autonomă Găgăuzia) și Tiraspol, cu...

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Statement

Governments must ensure equal protection and care for Roma and Travellers during the COVID-19 crisis

07/04/2020 Strasbourg

Every year, on the occasion of International Roma Day, governments are reminded of the need to improve the living conditions of the many impoverished and marginalised Roma in Europe and step up measures to combat the discrimination they face. This call should resonate even more loudly this year,...

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Country visit report

Stronger commitment needed to combat racism, fight gender stereotypes and increase media freedom in Bulgaria

31/03/2020 Strasbourg

Today the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, published a report on the visit to Bulgaria she carried out in November 2019. The report focuses on racism, intolerance and discrimination; violence against women and domestic violence; and media freedom. The Commissioner...

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Country visit

Bulgaria should counter harmful narratives endangering human rights and step up efforts to fight hate speech and domestic violence

02/12/2019 Strasbourg

“The government should step up its efforts to fight the hate speech prevailing today in Bulgaria in particular against Roma, LGBTI people and other minority groups” said the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, today after a 5-day visit to the country. Hate speech and...

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Opinion article

Drawing the right lessons from the Roma Holocaust

01/08/2019 Strasbourg

OpenDemocracy, 01/08/2019 On 2 August, we will commemorate the Roma Holocaust perpetrated during the Second World War. It is an important occasion to draw renewed attention to this largely ignored page of Europe’s recent history. And it remains equally crucial to confront the deeply-rooted...

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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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Country visit report

Albania should continue improving child protection and inclusion of persons with disabilities

13/09/2018 Strasbourg

“The protection of children and inclusion of persons with disabilities has improved in Albania, but the authorities still have to address remaining shortcomings”, said today Dunja Mijatović, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, while releasing the report on her visit to the country...

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Speech

Commemoration of the Roma Holocaust: our duty to remember, and to combat persisting anti-Gypsyism in today’s Europe

02/08/2018 Auschwitz-Birkenau

Today, Commissioner Mijatović is participating, in Auschwitz-Birkenau, in the ceremony of commemoration of the Roma Holocaust during the Second World War. In her speech she pays respect to the survivors of the genocide, stresses the duty to remember and the crucial importance of combating...

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Statement

Ukrainian authorities should step up their efforts to stop attacks against Roma and human rights defenders

25/06/2018 Strasbourg

On Saturday night, a group of masked men attacked a Roma camp in western Ukraine, killing one young person and injuring four others, including a child. I wish to express my condolences to the family of the person killed and I hope that the injured will soon recover. I urge the Ukrainian...

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Country visit report

Switzerland should reinforce its human rights protection framework and better respond to the needs of vulnerable migrants

17/10/2017 Strasbourg

Reinforcing the institutional and legal framework for safeguarding and promoting human rights and enhancing the protection of migrants and asylum seekers are the key recommendations addressed to the Swiss authorities by the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, in a...

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Position paper

School segregation still deprives many children of quality education

12/09/2017 Strasbourg

“The right to education is a fundamental human right. Yet, many European countries still deny thousands of children, including children with disabilities, Roma children and refugee or migrant children, equal access to it by keeping them in segregated schools. This is a violation of children’s...

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Statement

European countries must acknowledge the Roma genocide

02/08/2017 Strasbourg

On the occasion of today’s commemoration of the “Pharrajimos’, the Roma genocide, I call on Council of Europe member states to make more vigorous efforts towards fully acknowledging the genocide and other past atrocities committed against the Roma. While some countries have in recent years taken...

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Country visit report

Slovenia should pursue its efforts to protect vulnerable people

11/07/2017 Strasbourg

“Slovenia has undertaken a number of initiatives in recent years to address major human rights issues concerning migrants, Roma, the “erased” and people living in poverty. It is crucial to reinforce these efforts to ensure that no one is left behind and the human rights of all are upheld”, said...

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Statement

The Commissioner urges the Czech authorities to create the necessary conditions to build a monument on the former Nazi concentration camp for Roma in Lety u Pisku

12/05/2017 Strasbourg

I am concerned about the persistent obstacles to removing the pig farm from the site of the former Nazi concentration camp for Roma in Lety u Pisku. The annual commemoration ceremony to honour the victims who suffered or died in this camp will take place on 13 May. I have repeatedly urged the...

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Country visit report

Ireland should remove obstacles to the equality of Travellers, women and children

29/03/2017 Strasbourg

“The Irish government should ensure that the economic upturn benefits the most vulnerable groups and should promote equality of Travellers, women and children by removing the barriers that disproportionately hinder them from fully enjoying their rights”, said the Council of Europe Commissioner...

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Country visit

Slovenia: More should be done to ensure that Roma, migrants and those in poverty are not left behind

23/03/2017 Ljubljana

During his visit in Slovenia from 20 to 23 March, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, examined the situation of Roma, migrants and asylum seekers and of the increasing number of people living in poverty in the country. He stressed the centrality of human rights...

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Country visit

Portugal: progress in participation of Roma in local decision-making should be sustained

08/03/2017 Lisbon

Concrete measures to address the discrimination Roma face in Portugal and ways to foster the participation of Roma in society were at the centre of a two day visit the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks made to Lisbon and Torres Vedras on 6-7 March. “It is heartening...

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Country visit

Ireland: advance equality of Travellers and women

25/11/2016 Dublin

“I am deeply concerned at the persisting social exclusion and discrimination Travellers are confronted with in Ireland”, said the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks today, concluding a three-day visit to the country. With Travellers having been affected in a gravely...

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Letter

Exchange of letters with the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic on the human rights of Roma and persons with disabilities

04/11/2016 Strasbourg

Today Commissioner Muižnieks published a letter he addressed to Mr Bohuslav Sobotka, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, focusing on certain issues pertaining to the human rights of Roma and of persons with disabilities. In his letter the Commissioner notably reiterates his recommendation to...

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Letter

Letter to the Prime Minister of Romania

23/08/2016 Strasbourg

In a letter to the Prime Minister of Romania published today, Commissioner Muižnieks requested updating information from the Romanian authorities concerning certain major issues affecting the human rights of Romania’s Roma population. This dialogue follows up on the Commissioner’s visit report to...

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Letter

European countries must stop forced evictions of Roma

16/02/2016 Strasbourg

“Many Roma continue to face serious forms of discrimination and human rights violations by authorities at both national and local levels. In particular, forced evictions without due process and provision of adequate alternative housing continue unabated across Europe, in violation of member...

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Country visit report

Belgium should speed up the social inclusion of persons with disabilities

28/01/2016 Strasbourg

Read the report “Belgium is failing to uphold the rights of persons with disabilities to live independently and be included in the community. Planned measures to improve the situation should be implemented as a matter of priority” said today Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for...

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Letter

Commissioner Muižnieks urges the Czech authorities to adopt the bill on reparations for involuntary sterilisation of Roma women

22/10/2015 Strasbourg

“I regret the Czech government’s decision not to proceed with the adoption of the law allowing the granting of compensation to the Roma women who were victims of forced sterilisations,” said today Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, making public a letter addressed to...

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Country visit report

Slovakia: Roma, LGBTI persons, and persons with disabilities need more protection

13/10/2015 Strasbourg

“Slovakia has to step up its efforts aimed at combating and eradicating discrimination in law and practice, and take effective measures to improve the protection of Roma, persons with disabilities and LGBTI persons,” said today Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights,...

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Visit to Belgium

Belgium: accelerate reception of asylum-seekers and improve inclusive education

18/09/2015 Brussels

"The overwhelmingly positive response of Belgian society to the arrivals of refugees and the decision of the authorities to increase the quota of Syrian refugees they accept for resettlement are encouraging signs. They suggest that Belgium is ready to play its part to ensure that Europe meets the...

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Visit to Slovak Republic

Slovakia should set ambitious targets for the social inclusion of Roma and persons with disabilities

19/06/2015 Bratislava

“Although Slovakia has taken important measures to advance its human rights agenda, much more ambitious targets need to be set for eradicating the social exclusion and marginalisation of Roma and persons with disabilities. Also much more should be done to reinforce the effectiveness of the...

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Country visit report

Norway: people with disabilities and Roma need more attention

18/05/2015 Strasbourg

Read the report “Norway has a strong human rights architecture, but more attention should be given to the empowerment of people with disabilities and the full inclusion of Roma” said today Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, while publishing a report based on his...

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Visit to Serbia

Serbia urged to safeguard the human rights of persons with disabilities and displaced Roma

20/03/2015 Belgrade

«Serbia needs to take immediate steps to address serious issues relating to the right to legal capacity of persons with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities and their de-institutionalisation in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by which Serbia is bound»...

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Visit report

France: persistent discrimination endangers human rights

17/02/2015 Strasbourg

Read the report “Despite advances in legislation and measures to combat intolerance and racism, discrimination and hate speech not only persist in France but are on the rise. There is an urgent need to combat this in a sustained and systematic manner,” Nils Muižnieks, the Council of Europe...

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Report on visit to Hungary

Hungary: progress needed on media freedom, anti-discrimination measures and migrants’ rights

16/12/2014 Strasbourg

“Hungary should better ensure media freedom, combat widespread intolerance and discrimination, and improve the protection of the human rights of migrants” said today Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, while releasing a report based on the findings of his July visit...

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International Human Rights Day

Roma inclusion is mission possible

10/12/2014 Strasbourg

“In my two-and-a-half years in office, I have encountered one serious human rights problem in practically every member state - the prolonged exclusion and discrimination of the Roma population. This holds true whether the country is rich or poor, lies within or outside the European Union, and...

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Visit to France

France must keep its promises concerning equality

26/09/2014 Paris

“Despite efforts to implement the principle of equality in France, many forms of discrimination remain and show that a number of the Republic’s major undertakings are still to be honoured in this vital area for social cohesion and human rights”, said the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human...

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Report on visit to Romania

Vulnerable groups require better protection in Romania

08/07/2014 Strasbourg

“Romania must show a much stronger commitment to effectively protecting the human rights of persons with disabilities, children and Roma”, said today Nils Muižnieks, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, releasing a report on his visit to Romania from 31 March to 4 April 2014....

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Visit to Hungary

Hungary should do more for the human rights of Roma, migrants and persons with disabilities

04/07/2014 Strasbourg

"The impact of recent changes in the legal framework in Hungary on human rights has attracted considerable international criticism. While some of the issues raised in that context have been addressed, the situation of vulnerable groups in the country remains of serious concern” said today Nils...

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Country visit

Montenegro needs to do more to address past human rights violations and ensure media freedoms

21 March 2014 Podgorica

"Montenegro is still going through a transition period and needs to step up its efforts to provide full redress to all the victims of serious human rights violations that occurred during the wars in the 1990s, to eliminate discrimination, and to enhance media freedom" said Nils Muižnieks, the...

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Letter to the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic

Czech Republic: urgent action needed to protect Roma from racist extremism

18/03/2014 Strasbourg

"I am deeply concerned about the emerging pattern of anti-Roma events in the Czech Republic – many led by racist extremists groups and organised simultaneously in different localities across the country. Their increased frequency and determined rhetoric against the Roma community call for a...

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