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Letter

Commissioner provides evidence to the Scottish Parliament on the age of criminal responsibility

16/01/2019 Strasbourg

On 10 January 2018, 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...

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Anniversary

20th Anniversary event

22/01/2019 Strasbourg

The state of human rights in Europe : forward and back? Tuesday 22 January 2019, from 13:15 to 15:00 #RightsForward

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Letter

Commissioner calls on the Czech Republic to ensure legislative changes do not harm inclusive education efforts

15/01/2019 Strasbourg

In a letter to the Czech Republic’s Prime Minister, Andrej Babiš, and Minister of Education, Youth and Sports, Robert Plaga, published today, the Commissioner addresses proposed changes to Decree 27/2016 Coll. on the education of pupils with special education needs. The Commissioner expresses her...

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Third party intervention

Commissioner Mijatovič intervenes before the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Mehmet Osman Kavala v. Turkey

10/01/2019 Strasbourg

Today the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights published her written observations submitted to the European Court of Human Rights in connection with the case of Mehmet Osman Kavala v. Turkey. This case concerns the arrest and detention of a civil society activist and human rights...

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Statement

Commissioner calls on the authorities of Azerbaijan to drop charges against Mehman Huseynov

07/01/2019 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, discussed today on the phone with the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mahmud Mammad-Guliyev, the case of Mehman Huseynov, an anti-corruption blogger and Chairman of the Institute for Reporters’...

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Letter

Commissioner urges Scotland’s government to increase the age of criminal responsibility

20/12/2018 Strasbourg

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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Joint statement

20 years on from the adoption of the UN Declaration on Defenders: The protection of human rights defenders is non-negotiable

18/12/2018 Strasbourg

On the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, the universal and regional protection mechanisms call on the international community to renew its commitment to support and protect human rights defenders. There can be no realisation of rights without the...

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Statement

Commissioner calls on Hungary’s President to return to the Parliament the legislative package on administrative courts

14/12/2018 Strasbourg

“On 12 December 2018, the Hungarian Parliament adopted a legislative package establishing a system of administrative courts. The new administrative courts are expected to be operational in January 2020. I am concerned by the strong powers this reform of the judiciary confers on the Minister of...

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Human Rights Day

Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović, the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and Cartooning for Peace present a preview of the exhibition

10/12/2018 Paris

On the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Cartooning for Peace, an international network of newspaper cartoonists, has joined with the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, and the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs to stage a...

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Statement

Commissioner calls upon the Russian authorities to release Lev Ponomarev

06/12/2018 Strasbourg

I was greatly dismayed to learn that Lev Ponomarev, a senior figure in the Russian human rights movement, has been arrested and sentenced to 25 days of administrative detention yesterday. Mr Ponomarev’s work for the defence of human rights spans many decades and he is a long-standing partner of...

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Human Rights Day

States’ duty to protect human rights defenders

06/12/2018 Strasbourg

Ahead of Human Rights Day, Dunja Mijatović, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, calls on member states to halt the attacks against human rights defenders and improve their safety and working environment. “In spite of an international declaration and clear standards protecting the...

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Letter

Commissioner urges Spain to ensure that the Law on Citizens’ Safety upholds the rights to freedom of expression and freedom of peaceful assembly

23/11/2018 Strasbourg

In a letter addressed to the Presidents of the Congress and the Senate of Spain published today, Commissioner Mijatović urges the Parliament to ensure that the review of the Law on Citizens’ Safety eliminates possibilities of disproportionate interference with the rights to freedom of expression...

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Statement

Fulfil the promise of a comprehensive response to violence against women

22/11/2018 Strasbourg

“All women and girls have the right to live free from violence. Unfortunately, this is not the reality. One in three women has experienced physical or sexual violence – 22% at the hands of their partner. More than half of all women have been sexually harassed with 20% of young women reporting...

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Statement

Commissioner’s statement on developments affecting the work of human rights defenders and civil society in Turkey

20/11/2018 Strasbourg

Mr Osman Kavala was arrested on 18 October 2017 by the Turkish authorities and has been deprived of his liberty ever since, without an indictment. I have been following this case very closely as Mr Kavala is a long-standing partner of my Office, a prominent human rights defender, philanthropist,...

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Country visit

Romania should improve the protection of persons with disabilities, combat violence against women, safeguard press freedom and maintain the independence of the judiciary

16/11/2018 Bucharest

“Romania needs to strengthen its institutional framework to better protect the rights of persons with disabilities, and should step up the efforts to combat violence against women,” said today Dunja Mijatović, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, at the end of her five-day visit to...

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Country visit report

Greece should safeguard social rights for all and improve the reception and integration of migrants

06/11/2018 Strasbourg

“Greece should take urgent steps and adopt long-term policies to improve the reception and integration of migrants and to reverse the adverse effects of austerity measures on access to health care and education”, says Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, publishing...

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Speech

Stepped-up action needed to end impunity for crimes against journalists

31/10/2018 Strasbourg

Ahead of International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists 2018, Commissioner Mijatović issued the following statement today: "The recent horrific killings of journalists have drawn our attention to the risks facing journalists in Europe and to the urgency of taking action for...

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Opinion Article

Learning the right lessons

Times of Malta, 16/10/2018 A year ago, today, Daphne Caruana Galizia was brutally killed when a powerful explosive device blew up her car. Twelve months later, her family is still waiting for justice – and her colleagues for better protection. So far, the investigations the Maltese authorities...

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Statement

Commissioner's statement on the murder of Bulgarian journalist Victoria Marinova

08/10/2018 Strasbourg

"I am appalled by the murder of journalist Victoria Marinova in Bulgaria. I call on the authorities to urgently and fully investigate this horrendous crime and ensure that those responsible, including the masterminds, are held accountable. The fact that her latest reporting work was related to...

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Statement

Achieving justice for Anna Politkovskaya must become a political priority

05/10/2018 Strasbourg

“On 7 October we will mark twelve years since Anna Politkovskaya was assassinated in front of the elevator of her apartment building in Moscow. After several arrests, releases and retrials over eight years, five people have been jailed for her murder. However, it has still not been established...

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