Nils Muižnieks takes up today the post of Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights. Elected in January 2012 by the Parliamentary Assembly, Muižnieks is the third Commissioner, succeeding Thomas Hammarberg (2006-2012) and Alvaro Gil-Robles (1999-2006).
“I intend to build on the work done so far in order to develop the contribution of the Commissioner’s Office to the effective observance and full enjoyment of human rights in member states” said Muižnieks. “One essential element in this endeavour is maintaining the independence and impartiality of the Office. I will also continue the country and thematic work, with a particular focus on the most vulnerable groups, such as children, the elderly and persons with disabilities. This is all the more important in a period when the economic crisis may undermine the protection of human rights”. (more…)