||International Roma Day 2018|
Today is the International Roma Day, an opportunity to celebrate and reclaim Roma culture and history. It is also an opportunity to draw attention to the consequences of anti-Gypsyism, which is a specific form of racism against the Roma, and to combat it.
8 April 2018
||Guidance from UN Human Rights Mechanisms on human rights of migrants, asylum-seekers, refugees and stateless persons |
The United Nations human rights mechanisms have recently adopted several reports, statements and documents to clarify the human rights of migrants, asylum seekers, refugees and stateless persons.
1 March 2018
||Will the EU Multi-Annual Financial Framework Post-2020 (MFF) be used to close human rights gaps in Europe?|
The paper, which is entitled “European added value” – according to the principle that calls on the EU action where it can add value to the actions of its Member States –, examines the human rights risks and opportunities for the Multi-Annual Financial Framework Post-2020, also referred to as MFF Post 2020.
28 February 2018
||Coercion of children to obtain fingerprints and facial images is never acceptable|
Joint statement of UN Agencies and Civil Society Organisations
28 February 2018
||Human Rights Day 2017|
On 13 of December 2017, together with 400 guests, we commemorated the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, when countries with different histories, cultures, languages, and religions agreed on 30 articles to protect civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights.
||Same-Sex Partnership Recognition Case Reaches European Union Court|
On 21 November 2017, a Grand Chamber of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) will hold hearings in a case on the meaning of the word “spouse” in the 2004 EU Freedom of Movement Directive and its application to same-sex couples
21 November 2017
||Call to Action: Bring Children Together for Diversity|
On the 10th anniversary of the landmark judgment of the European Court of Human Rights on the segregation of Roma children in education, equality and human rights organizations call for a redoubling of efforts to bring children together in the spirit of Europe’s commitment to dignity, equality and human rights.
13 November 2017
||European consultations on Roma inclusion policy|
In the week of October 23, the UN Human Rights Regional Office for Europe (OHCHR) provided written views to the European Commission as part of the the mid-term review of the EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies up to 2020.
23 October 2017
||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.
3 March 2017
||UN Human Rights Annual Appeal 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 |
Remarks of the Acting OHCHR Regional Representative of Europe, Paul d'Auchamp, at the launch of Human Rights Day ceremony in Brussels."
13 December 2016
||Joint statement from 78 organisations - Children cannot wait: 7 priority actions to protect all refugee and migrant children|
78 organisations active in the field of children’s rights strongly welcome that this year’s European Forum on the Rights of the Child focuses on protecting children in migration.
29 November 2016
||Bulgaria: UN Human Rights Office concerned about attack on
human rights defender|
"The UN Human Rights Regional Office for Europe expresses its serious concern at the attack against Krassimir Kanev, the chairman of the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee (BHC) in the morning of 27 October. Mr. Kanev was attacked by unknown men in Sofia, allegedly in retaliation for his human rights work.
31 October 2016
||ENNHRI Statement of Support for Poland’s Commissioner for Human Rights|
In the statement endorsed by UN Human Rights Office - Regional Office for Europe, the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI) underlined the Polish Commissioner for Human Rights’ independence and its respected work to promote and protect human rights.
28 October 2016
||Stop evictions of Roma and Travellers - International organisations stress human cost of evictions and recall standards in a joint statement|
Traditionally, summer holidays coincide with the eviction of Roma and Travellers throughout Europe, which takes place almost unnoticed.
29 June 2016
||Engagement with Greece on rights of migrants, children and persons with disabilities|
In two separate missions to Greece, the UN Human Rights office meets stakeholders and encourages the Government to change policies and move towards community-based, child-friendly services.
23 May 2016
||International Roma Day 2016|
On 8 April 2016, as every year, we celebrate International Roma Day – once again in a situation where human rights challenges faced by Roma individuals, families and communities across Europe remain very serious.
8 April 2016
||The High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, in Brussels|
On 14 and 15 of March 2016 UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein carried out his first official visit to the European Union institutions and NATO.
15 March 2016
||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 and the environment in which the Ombudsman’s Office is currently operating.
1 March 2016
||Human Rights Celebration in Brussels 2015|
On 10 December every year, we celebrate the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.The United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC) joined forces with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) last night, organizing a spectacular concert featuring Bai Kamara at Bozar in Brussels, to raise awareness for International Human Rights Day, 10th December.
10 December 2015
||OHCHR team undertakes mission to Greece, including island of Lesbos|
In a mission to Greece, the OHCHR team interacts with rights-holders as well as duty-bearers and supports Greece’s rejection of proposals for a return to detention policy
A joint team of Regional Office for Europe and the OHCHR headquarters, led by Regional Representative for Europe Jan Jařab, carried out a mission to Greece on 8 to 11 November 2015. The mission was facilitated by the Secretary-General for Human Rights of the Ministry of Justice.
16 November 2015
||UN Human Rights office discusses policy change in Greece|
A three-day mission to Greece (30 March – 1 April) provided Jan Jařab, Regional Representative for Europe of the UN Human Rights office, with opportunities to hold talks on key human rights challenges with several Ministers of the new Greek Government, the President of the Parliament, the Ombudsperson, the National Committee for Human Rights and civil society partners.
24 April 2015
||Millenium International Documentary Film Festival 2015|
On 28 March 2015, the Romanian movie Toto and his sisters by Alexander Nanau won the Objectif d’Or, the first prize at the Brussels’ Millenium International Documentary Film Festival.
1 April 2015
||Human Rights Celebration in Brussels 2014|
On 10 December every year, we celebrate the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We remind each other that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights – but also that there are many challenges in the world that continue preventing many people from the full enjoyment of their human rights.
16 December 2014
||Human Rights at International Borders|
In An increasing flow of migrants are undertaking perilous and dangerous journeys to reach European shores. So far this year, more than 165,000 migrants have crossed the Mediterranean, compared to 60,000 last year, and over 3,000 have died or are missing at sea.
28 November 2014
||Fifth “Forgotten Europeans” event focuses on rights of persons with psychosocial disabilities|
The human rights of persons in institutional care is one of the key human rights challenges in Europe today. Over the past five years, OHCHR’s Regional Office for Europe has sought to bring attention to the challenges that these persons face through a series of events entitled “Forgotten Europeans”. The fifth event in this series took place in October 2014, and pioneered a human-rights-based approach to persons with psychosocial disabilities.
7 November 2014
||OHCHR Regional Representative visits migrant and Roma inclusion projects in Portugal|
On his recent mission to Portugal, the OHCHR Regional Representative for Europe urged the Government to maintain and further develop its remarkable system of support to migrants regardless of their residence status and empowering, non-coercive approach to integration. He also offered OHCHR's active cooperation on policies aiming to overcome entrenched social exclusion of Portuguese Ciganos (Roma).
1 June 2014
||Madrid colloquium addresses Roma segregation in housing|
In Madrid colloquium, Governments and civil society engage in “Chatham House rule” discussion on Roma housing segregation and de-segregation policies.
17 January 2014
||OHCHR and the EU jointly promote human rights-based approach to development|
The annual European Development Days, held on 26-27 November 2013, had an unprecedented focus on human rights-based approach to development (HRBA).
26 November 2013
||Symposium addresses abuse and neglect of older persons|
On 17-18 June 2013, to mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, the Regional Office for Europe of OHCHR and the Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission held a joint regional symposium entitled “Preventing abuse and neglect of older persons in Europe”.
19 June 2013
||States and UN discuss recommendations regarding rights of migrants|
Representatives of 24 EU Member States participated in a seminar on the recommendations of international human rights mechanisms, organized in Brussels by the Regional Office for Europe of the UN Human Rights office (OHCHR) on 18 and 19 April 2013. The seminar focused on the ways in which the recommendations of the United Nations human rights mechanisms – the Treaty Bodies, Special Procedures, and the Universal Periodic Review – can be used to improve the human rights of migrants.
20 April 2012
||"My voice counts" - Brussels celebrates Human Rights Day 2012|
Human Rights Day is celebrated in Brussels by screening of awarded film dealing with Chilean plebiscite on Pinochet’s Presidency. The creative director of the 1988 “No” campaign, Eugenio García, and other past and present activists discuss the way in which people can make their voices heard even in extremely challenging circumstances. Panelists speak of a contest between hope and fear. They stress the importance of reconnecting with oneself and of seemingly small ways of resisting oppression.
26 June 2012
||High Commissioner warns of negative impact of austerity|
In her keynote speech to the EU’s Fundamental Rights Conference, High Commissioner Pillay addresses issues of access to justice in economic crisis and the impact of austerity policies. At the EU-NGO Forum, she speaks about the need for a universalistic approach to human rights.
7 December 2012
||European Expert Group stimulates transformation of care services in Europe|
High Commissioner Pillay expresses support to European Expert Group on Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care, which advocates for changes in use of national and European funds in care of children and persons with disabilities.
7 December 2012
||Rome colloquium addresses key challenges of Roma inclusion|
Representatives of 20 European States, civil society and the UN discuss human-rights-based policies and Roma active citizenship at an OHCHR-organized event in Rome.
26 June 2012
||High Commissioner Pillay speaks against discrimination in Brussels|
High Commissioner Pillay speaks in Brussels at a conference on Non-discrimination and Development, focusing above all on rights of LGBTI persons.
8 June 2012
||Getting a Life - urgent call for independent living|
On the 7th of May 2012 the OHCHR Regional Office for Europe organized a colloquium on the UN Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities and EU Structural Funds.
8 May 2012
||Roma civil society to contribute to UN health project|
Roma Civil Society to contribute to UN health project On 30-31 January 2012, OHCHR hosted the first meeting of the Roma Civil Society Contact Group on the Right to Health as part of the inter-agency project “Scaling up action towards MDGs 4 and 5 in the context of the Decade of Roma Inclusion and in support of National Roma Integration Strategies”.
1 February 2012
||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.
12 December 2011
||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.
23 November 2011
||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.
28 October 2011
||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.
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.
8 September 2011
||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.
9 July 2011
||OHCHR and UNICEF joint launch at European Parliament|
UNICEF and OHCHR launch two reports highlighting the human rights situation of persons in institutions in Europe and Central Asia.
28 June 2011
||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.
22 June 2011
||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
15 June 2011
||Regional Office for Europe co-hosts Annual Meeting of 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.
6 April 2011
||Universal Periodic Review of European States discussed in Brussels|
Complementarity of Human Rights Mechanisms stressed during workshop in Brussels.
7 April 2011
||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.
25 February 2011
||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
22 February 2011
||Human Rights Day focuses on Human Rights Defenders from all walks of life|
More than 500 people attended the Human Rights Day event at the BOZAR on 10th December that was co-organized by the United Nations and the European Union.
10 December 2010
||Ratification of migrant workers convention possible for EU States|
Members of the European Parliament stress the importance of adherence to the International Convention on the protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families by EU Member States.
8 December 2010
||Human Rights Day Film Premiere|
Belgian première of “Children of War” and debate with human rights defenders at Bozar as the UN and the EU jointly celebrate Human Rights Day.
26 November 2010
||Deputy UN High Commissioner talks equality in Brussels|
The Deputy UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Kyung-wha Kang, emphasizes non-discrimination at the IV Equality Summit in Brussels.
28 October 2010
||Brussels event identifies institutional care as human rights challenge|
International conference meets in Brussels to deal with human rights challenges faced by vulnerable categories of persons, such as children and persons with disabilities, in residential institutions.
28 October 2010
||Forgotten Europeans – Forgotten Rights: Human Rights of persons in institutional care|
OHCHR is organizing an international seminar on human rights of persons in institutional care in October
4 October 2010
||UN Day celebrated in Brussels|
Come and join us in celebrating UN Day on the 24th of October on the Grand Place in Brussels
19 October 2010
||11 European countries meet in Ljubljana on the Universal Periodic Review|
On 6-7 September 2010, the Regional Office for Europe organized a workshop on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in Ljubljana, Slovenia, which was co-hosted by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Slovenia.
7 September 2010
||Films for human rights and development|
Film directors from different parts of the world use documentaries to draw attention to human rights and the Millennium Development Goals
20 August 2010
||UN Treaty Bodies meet with European counterparts in Brussels|
For the very first time, the Annual Meeting of the UN human rights treaty body Chairs was held in Brussels and focused on human rights challenges in Europe.
5 July 2010
||Colloquium - Domestic Migrant Workers |
On 25- 26 May, OHCHR –Europe Regional Office, with the participation of the International Labour Office (ILO) Brussels, organised a Legal Colloquium on the applicability of existing international human rights norms to the situation of migrant domestic workers in Europe.
25 May 2010
||UN Human Rights Chief opens new regional office in Brussels|
A new regional office for human rights in Europe opens in Brussels for better engagement with European States institutions.
14 October 2009