July 23, 2013
by Kyle Webster
On July 23, 2011, Belgium implemented a law banning women from wearing burqas, the Islamic head scarves, in public. Earlier that week, the Council of Europe Commissioner of Human Rights Thomas Hammarberg denounced the legislation. In April 2010, the Belgian House of Representatives had approved ...[read more]
February 15, 2013
by Sarah Paulsworth
The UN has called on the de facto authorities of the disputed region of Transnistria "to address the deeply rooted problems identified in the report and to fully implement its recommendations, including the development of a plan of action for human rights." According to the UN's first human rights ...[read more]
July 23, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On July 23, 2011, Belgium implemented a law banning women from wearing burqas, the Islamic head scarves, in public. Earlier that week, the Council of Europe Commissioner of Human Rights Thomas Hammarberg denounced the legislation. In April 2010, the Belgian House of Representatives had approved ...[read more]
July 14, 2012
by Cynthia Miley
On July 14, 2011, Belgium's interim cabinet announced via the Belgian Official Journal that the nation would be officially banning the burqa. The Belgian House of Representatives voted 136-0 to approve the law instituting the ban in April 2010; the Senate approved it in May 2010, but the law's ...[read more]
September 6, 2011
by Jennie Ryan
The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Thomas Hammarberg on Monday urged Lithuania, Poland and Romania to investigate the roles their governments played in the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) program of "secret detention and torture" of terrorism suspects. According to ...[read more]
September 1, 2011
by Andrea Bottorff
The Council of Europe (COE) Commissioner for Human Rights Thomas Hammarberg on Thursday accused European governments of numerous human rights violations during counter-terrorism efforts over the past 10 years. Hammarberg said that many European countries began helping the US with secret counter- ...[read more]
July 20, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove
Council of Europe (COE) Human Rights Commissioner Thomas Hammarberg on Wednesday condemned the flurry of burqa and niqab bans that have been implemented recently around the world. Hammarberg said the bans may not conform to European human rights standards such as the right to respect for personal ...[read more]
April 16, 2010
by Matt Glenn
Council of Europe Commissioner on Human Rights Thomas Hammarberg on Thursday criticized an agreement reached Wednesday between Germany and Kosovo that would return to Kosovo thousands of refugees who fled to Germany during the 1998-1999 Kosovo War. The agreement calls for Germany to repatriate up ...[read more]
March 8, 2010
by Steve Dotterer
The top rights official at the Council of Europe on Monday rejected the notion of banning Muslim burqa and niqab garments. Commissioner for Human Rights Thomas Hammarberg noted in a written statement marking International Women's Day: Those who have argued for a general ban of the burqa and the... ...[read more]
June 10, 2009
by Christian Ehret
Council of Europe (COE) Human Rights Commissioner Thomas Hammarberg on Tuesday sent a letter to all member states urging them to welcome certain released Guantanamo Bay detainees. The letter, addressed to all 47 COE member states, called on the states to cooperate with and contribute to US plans ...[read more]

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