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Arrival of an overloaded inflatable rubber boat with at least 50 persons on board in Skala, Greece. © OHCHR

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. The mission was facilitated by the Secretary-General for Human Rights of the Ministry of Justice.


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Bai Kamara - Human Rights Day Celebration in Brussels 2015 © Photo: UNRIC / Michael Durickas

Human Rights Day Celebration in Brussels


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), organizing a spectacular concert featuring Bai Kamara at Bozar in Brussels, to raise awareness for International Human Rights Day, 10th December.
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Ferentari in Bucharest © Valeriu Nicolae

Brussels’ 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.
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Human Rights in the news

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.
Sami people’s rights
The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, will assess the human rights situation of the Sami people in Finland, Sweden and Norway.
Human rights in Europe