Eastern Ukraine: Nils Muižnieks warns of armed conflict’s devastating effects on human rights

Following his 30 November to 5 December visit to Kyiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Dniprodzerzhinsk, Kurakhove and Krasnoarmiysk, the Commissioner for Human Rights says: “The humanitarian situation is extremely difficult and people continue to suffer greatly.”

Bosnia and Herzegovina: “Concern and disappointment” over October election process

Diplomats have expressed their “profound concern and disappointment” over election rules in Bosnia and Herzegovina which breach European human rights law.

Podcast: Policing anti-LGBT hate crimes

Irish police officer Sergeant Paul Franey, Vice-President of the European Gay Police association, discusses measures designed to strengthen the confidence of LGBT people in law enforcement.

United Kingdom: Court throws out former defence minister’s ‘cash for influence’ complaint

Human rights judges have rejected a complaint from former United Kingdom defence minister Geoff Hoon, challenging the publication of a ‘cash for influence’ parliamentary inquiry.

Viewpoint: Karina Chupina – People with disabilities should be respected and welcome in their right to participate

“One in seven of us has some form of a disability and we all count people with disabilities among our relatives, colleagues and friends,” writes activist Karina Chupina, in a powerful essay on the steps Europe must take to make real the human right of inclusion and participation.