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Jan Jařab, Regional Representative for Europe, discussing with the Minister of Justice Nikolaos Paraskevopoulos  © OHCHR

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. The mission took place while negotiations were ongoing between Greece and its EU partners on dramatic financial issues. Representatives of the Greek Government and Parliament explained to UN Human Rights some of the negative consequences of previous austerity policies on vulnerable groups of the population. They also outlined new policies designed to address some of the most urgent problems.


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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.
Human Rights Day Celebration in Brussels 2014 © Image: YAK

Human Rights at International Borders

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.

Human Rights in the news

Eritrean diaspora in Belgium
The Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Eritrea, Sheila B. Keetharuth, started an official visit to Belgium (9-11 March) to collect first-hand information from Eritrean refugees and migrants on the human rights situation in Eritrea
UN Human Rights Office welcomes Greece’s envisaged changes in migration policy
The Regional Office for Europe of the United Nations Human Rights Office (OHCHR) welcomes the plan of the new Government of Greece for a comprehensive change of migration policy, as announced by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on 8 February 2015.
Urgent appeal to the Netherlands
UN rights experts urge the Dutch Government to provide homeless irregular migrants in the Netherlands with emergency assistance -such as food, clothing, and shelter- before Christmas.
Human Rights 365 Days a Year
To mark Human Rights Day, the Regional Representative for Europe from the UN Human Rights Office states that the enjoyment of all human rights should be part of everyone’s everyday reality.
Persons with disabilities
Persons with disabilities should no longer be seen as passive recipients or “objects” of care, but as rights-holders living on equal footing with other members of society.
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