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EU Commissioner for Human Rights – United Kingdom government’s intention to offshore asylum processing to Rwanda sends a worrying signal

Strasbourg, 14 April 2022 – “Today’s announcement by the UK government of its intention to offshore asylum processing to Rwanda sends a worrying signal”, said Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović. “Not only does such externalisation raise questions about the protection of the human rights of the people involved. It also indicates that […]

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European Congress President condemns so-called “elections” held in occupied Abkhazia

Reacting to recent so-called “parliamentary elections” held on 12 March 2022 in the Abkhazia region in Georgia, the President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, Leendert Verbeek, made the following statement: “By organising these “elections”, the so-called “de facto” authorities of Abkhazia, once again, undermined the principle of […]

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Council of Europe Congress President condemns the recognition of the so-called ‘people’s republics’ of Donetsk and Luhansk by the Russian Federation

Strasbourg, 22.02.2022 – The President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, Leendert Verbeek, has made the following statement: “I strongly condemn the recognition of the so-called ‘people’s republics’ of Donetsk and Luhansk by the Russian Federation in flagrant violation of international law and the Minsk agreements. I join the Chair of […]