Council of Europe Commissioner reports on the current situation with human rights in Europe

October 4th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

On 14 September 2016, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks presented his 2nd quarterly activity report 2016 to the Committee of Ministers and the Parliamentary Assembly.

Among other activities he mentioned his visit to Turkey. The latter focused on the fight against terrorism and support of human rights, with a special attention to such issues as the freedom of expression and the administration of justice. The Commissioner voiced his concerns about a possible weakening of the independence of the judiciary in the name of the fight against terrorism. Nils Muižnieks also “stressed the crucial role that human rights defenders and lawyers must play in such a difficult context, whilst deploring the stigmatising rhetoric and judicial pressure against them”.