Nils Muižnieks: Greece must take action against “long-standing and systemic problem of excessive use of violence in law enforcement”

Today the Commissioner for Human Rights published correspondence with the Greek government in which he raises his concern about new reports of ill-treatment by police officers.

Nils Muižnieks: Human rights organisations are being squeezed

Governments are backsliding on their commitment to freedom of association, leading some human rights defenders to go underground, according to the Commissioner for Human Rights.

Poland: Nils Muižnieks urges parliament to reject law changes threatening judicial independence

In a letter addressed to the Speaker of Sejm of Poland published today, Nils Muižnieks, calls on the Polish Parliament to reject legal amendments which he fears would “encroach upon the independence of the judiciary.”

Ireland: Nils Muižnieks’ national report – the key points on abortion

The Commissioner for Human Rights urges Ireland to “remove all legal provisions impeding access to safe and legal abortion, including by decriminalising abortion within reasonable gestational limits. At the very minimum however, the Irish authorities should ensure that abortions performed to preserve the physical and mental health of women, or in cases of fatal foetal abnormality, rape or incest are made lawful.”

Podcast: The fight against racism and discrimination in Ireland

In this podcast, Michael Farrell, a lawyer and Ireland’s representative on the European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance, discusses the country’s response to its changing demography.