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Nils Muižnieks is the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights.

Articles by Nils Muižnieks

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Poland has a duty to preserve judicial independence

The Polish government's proposed law to take control of the country's judiciary is the latest in a worrying trend towards authoritarianism in the country.

Roma evictions: Europe's silent scandal

Despite ECHR rulings in their favour, Roma families are still being evicted en masse from their homes, often without any compensation.

EU-Turkey deal

The statement by Nils Muiznieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights.

Human rights in Europe should not buckle under mass surveillance

Privacy is a fundamental human right essential for living in dignity and security. This is why it is necessary that European countries pause and get back on the right track.

Human rights at the World Forum for Democracy 2015

The Council for Europe's commissioner for human rights warns that Europe’s new security-oriented turn restricts fundamental human rights, a success for terrorists who want us to abandon our lifestyle and live in fear. Short interview.

The answer to the refugee crisis? A return to European ideals.

The refugee crisis is symbolic of the political crisis in Europe. To avoid systemic collapse, Europe must return to solidarity and protecting those fleeing war and persecution.

Addressing the needs of the victims of the Srebrenica genocide must be the priority

Both Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina must improve responses to the victims' needs and overcome the politicisation of the genocide to move forwards.

Security services should not have carte blanche

It seems obvious that human rights must be compromised to guarantee security in the face of armed violence. Obvious but wrong.

Sport cannot ignore human rights

Athletes will rely on free and fair competition at the European Games. Yet outside the stadium there is no free competition of ideas. They can take a stand.

Crisis in the Mediterranean: Europe must change course

As leaders of European Union member states prepare to meet to discuss the Mediterranean refugee crisis, the Council of Europe commissioner for human rights sets the bar for an adequate response.

Eastern Ukraine: the humanity behind the headlines

The government in Kyiv, aid organisations and the international community must work together to address the humanitarian crisis created by the fighting in the east.

Leaning on judges: eroding the rule of law in Europe

Too often across Europe, the rule of law is not being observed, as thousands of European Court of Human Rights judgments remain unimplemented and some governments second-guess the judiciary. Europe’s human-rights champion says democratic legitimacy depends on it.

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