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Joint press release: New European Union returns 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. It encourages member states to undertake swift returns, which limit basic safeguards and rights that should be guaranteed to all migrants, including in cases involving children. Read the full statement here



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UN Human Rights Annual Appeal 2017

UN Human Rights Annual Appeal 2017

February 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

13 December 2016 - In remarks delivered at the occasion of Human Rights Day 2016, the Acting OHCHR Regional Representative of Europe, Paul d'Auchamp, spoke out against populism and demagogues that threaten hard-won human rights.


Human Rights in the news

Malta summit: Protect rights of migrants
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein urges EU leaders to ensure that respect for non-refoulement and protection of all human rights underpin their discussions and decisions in Malta.
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.
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