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Joint press release: New European Union returns policies put children at risk

The European Commission yesterday adopted a Recommendation and Renewed Action Plan for EU member states to consider in their procedures to return men, women and children staying irregularly in the EU to their countries of origin or transit. It encourages member states to undertake swift returns, which limit basic safeguards and rights that should be guaranteed to all migrants, including in cases involving children. Read the full statement here



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UN Human Rights Annual Appeal 2017

UN Human Rights Annual Appeal 2017

February 2017 - The United Nations Human Rights Appeal 2017 is an appeal for support to the United Nations human rights programme. It provides information about our planned activities and needs for 2017.


"Stand up for Someone's Rights Today": A celebration of Human Rights Day

13 December 2016 - In remarks delivered at the occasion of Human Rights Day 2016, the Acting OHCHR Regional Representative of Europe, Paul d'Auchamp, spoke out against populism and demagogues that threaten hard-won human rights.


Human Rights in the news

Review of European efforts at Roma inclusion reveals gaps, worrying trends, but also possibilities
The European Union (EU) recently released its mid-term review of efforts by member States to improve the situation of Roma. It compared the situation of Roma in 2011 with that in 2016 in eight countries.
Czech Republic: Removal of Pig Farm at Romani Holocaust Site
The UN Human Rights Regional Office for Europe welcomes the recent decision by the Czech Government to purchase a pig farm located close to the World War II concentration camp at Lety u Pisku, used for the detention of Roma.
CRPD concerned about absence of gender parity in its membership
CRPD expressed its concern about this absence of gender parity, particularly given that one of the principles of the Convention which traverses all provisions and which guides the Committee’s work is equality between men and women
Malta summit: Protect rights of migrants
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein urges EU leaders to ensure that respect for non-refoulement and protection of all human rights underpin their discussions and decisions in Malta.
Joint statement from meeting in Warsaw with the Office of the Polish Ombudsman
Representatives of global and regional bodies concerned with rule of law and human rights have met in Warsaw with the new Polish Ombudsman, Dr. Adam Bodnar, to discuss the institutional landscape in Poland
Human rights in Europe