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Roma in official segregated settlement. Camping River (Italy). Photo: Valeriu Nicolae


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.



Photo: Valeriu Nicolae
Roma in official segregated settlement, Camping River (Italy).


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The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein in Brussels. © UNRIC

The UN 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.

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Polish Ombudsman, dr. Adam Bodnar (Office of the Polish Ombudsman)

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.

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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
Constitutional Tribunal in Poland
UN Human Rights Regional Office for Europe expressed its concern about recent developments in Poland that may negatively affect the work of the country’s Constitutional Tribunal
Detention of migrants and refugees in the Czech Republic
High Commissioner Zeid strongly criticizes the detention of migrants and refugees in the Czech Republic, drawing particular attention to the violations of the rights of the children among them.
Forced evictions of Roma
High Commissioner Zeid expresses serious concerns about ongoing forced evictions of Roma and Travellers in a number of European States, including most recently in France and Bulgaria.
Migration / child rights
The committee on the Rights of the Child stresses that the continued shocking images that ricochet around the world do not tell the full extent of the devastating, and at times irreversible, impact the migration crisis has on the rights and well-being.
Human rights in Europe