How we make a difference 2011

Brussels celebrates Human Rights Day 2011
On 9 December 2011 the Regional Office for Europe of OHCHR, along with its partners, celebrated Human Rights Day 2011, thus continuing a tradition that began 2 years ago.
Prague event offers new momentum for reform of child care
Governments and civil society from 16 countries of Central and Eastern Europe meet at UN-led event in Prague to overcome heritage of heavily institutionalized care for vulnerable children under three.
Traveller community at Dale Farm evicted
“Evictions of Roma and Travellers are becoming the rule rather than the exception in some European States,” says OHCHR Regional Representative Jan Jařab.
27 States participate in Treaty Body reporting workshop
OHCHR intensifies its technical cooperation with States in the region, bringing experts representing 27 States to participate in workshop on innovations in reporting to International Human Rights Treaty Bodies, on 20 October 2011.
Prague Pride defies homophobic statements of Czech President
The first Prague Pride event took place from 10 to 14 of August 2011 amid controversy due to President Klaus' statements on "homosexualism". Earlier, a Council of Europe report referred to Pride events taking place as a "litmus test" for society's attitudes to LGBT persons.
Judicial Colloquium in Barcelona addresses key issues of best interest of migrant children
On 8 July the Regional Office for Europe held a Judicial Colloquium on the determination of the best interest of the child with regard to the situation of migrant children, including unaccompanied and separated children in Europe.
OHCHR and UNICEF: States in Europe and Central Asia should develop community-based alternatives to institutional care
UNICEF and OHCHR launch two reports highlighting the human rights situation of persons in institutions in Europe and Central Asia.
Regional Office launches study on Migrant Workers
A study highlighting the possibility for bridging gaps for European states' ratification of the International Convention on the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Their Families was launched at a press conference in Brussels.
Special Rapporteur calls for action against domestic violence in the EU
Rashida Manjoo, SR on violence against women called for signing of the new Council of Europe convention on violence against women and domestic violence during a visit to Brussels to meet with various EU interlocutors.
Universal Periodic Review of European States discussed in Brussels
Complementarity of Human Rights Mechanisms stressed during workshop in Brussels.
OHCHR co-hosts Inter-Agency Panel on Juvenile Justice
The Regional Office for Europe co-hosted the Annual Meeting of the Inter-Agency Panel on Juvenile Justice – which consists of 13 UN agencies and NGOs active in the area of juvenile justice.
UN Human Rights Chief holds high-level talks with EU
During her one-day visit to Brussels, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay held a series of meetings with various EU counterparts.
Regional Office for Europe launches its first publication
The Regional office for Europe launched its first publication on Protection against Discrimination in Europe - The work of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination.