Poland: Changes to freedom of assembly laws spark “serious” human rights concern

Nils Muižnieks, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Michael Georg Link, Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) fear legal amendments passed in the Polish Sejm could undermine the right to freedom of assembly if they become law.

Nils Muižnieks: Counter-terrorism operations in south east Turkey caused widespread human rights violations

The Commissioner for Human Rights reveals his concerns in his ‘Memorandum,’ presenting the findings of two recent visits to Turkey.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland has urged member states to do more for their disabled citizens and bridge “the gap between legal standards and the daily reality.”

Russia: Court backs family in prisoner death human rights challenge

The European Court of Human Rights awarded 26,000 euros (EUR) (non-pecuniary damage) and EUR 3,086 (costs and expenses) jointly to the applicants Natalya Borisovna Trapeznikova, Yuliya Sergeyevna Trapeznikova, and Anastasiya Sergeyevna Antonova, following the prison death of family member Sergei Antonov.

Russia : Court awards €38,000 after police officer’s deadly shopping mall shooting spree

The case concerned a shooting spree carried out by a uniformed police officer that took place in and around a shopping centre in Moscow, in the early hours of 27 April 2009.