Vienna, 25 January 2018 Press release

Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl on the election of Dunja Mijatović as Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights

“My warmest congratulations to Dunja Mijatović for being elected Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights. I look forward to a close and intimate collaboration with her”,

said Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl, extending her congratulations to the newly elected Commissioner.

Ms Kneissl’s statement stressed the importance Austria places on collaboration with the Council of Europe’s Commissioners for Human Rights, who have visited Austria several times and have made significant contributions to ensure the ongoing development of policies related to human rights in Austria. “I should also like to express my sincerest thanks to her immediate predecessor, Nils Muižnieks. He always paid particularly close attention to ensuring cooperation with civil society in all Member States. I am convinced that we will invariably continue our constructive dialogue and the cooperation we have experienced thus far with Dunja Mijatović. I worked as a journalist in the past and during that time I had the occasional opportunity to see what Dunja Mijatović was working on, as she was the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media for seven years”, said Ms Kneissl.

The Commissioner for Human Rights is elected by the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly. The position entails the independent and impartial promotion of human rights in all Council of Europe Member States. This is maintained through visits to Member States, the compilation of reports and statements on country-specific and thematic developments, contact with civil society, media work and also through the issuance of statements on cases brought before the European Court of Human Rights.

“Dunja Mijatović is facing a challenge that is demanding and multifarious; even today human rights keep coming under pressure in all of Europe. The task of the Commissioner for Human Rights is to draw the media’s and civil society’s attention to these issues”, concluded Foreign Minister Kneissl.

Dunja Mijatović will take up her new position at the beginning of April.

“My warmest congratulations to Dunja Mijatović for being elected Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights. I look forward to a close and intimate collaboration with her”, said Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl, extending her congratulations to the newly elected Commissioner.

Ms Kneissl’s statement stressed the importance Austria places on collaboration with the Council of Europe’s Commissioners for Human Rights, who have visited Austria several times and have made significant contributions to ensure the ongoing development of policies related to human rights in Austria. “I should also like to express my sincerest thanks to her immediate predecessor, Nils Muižnieks. He always paid particularly close attention to ensuring cooperation with civil society in all Member States. I am convinced that we will invariably continue our constructive dialogue and the cooperation we have experienced thus far with Dunja Mijatović. I worked as a journalist in the past and during that time I had the occasional opportunity to see what Dunja Mijatović was working on, as she was the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media for seven years”, said Ms Kneissl.

The Commissioner for Human Rights is elected by the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly. The position entails the independent and impartial promotion of human rights in all Council of Europe Member States. This is maintained through visits to Member States, the compilation of reports and statements on country-specific and thematic developments, contact with civil society, media work and also through the issuance of statements on cases brought before the European Court of Human Rights.

“Dunja Mijatović is facing a challenge that is demanding and multifarious; even today human rights keep coming under pressure in all of Europe. The task of the Commissioner for Human Rights is to draw the media’s and civil society’s attention to these issues”, concluded Foreign Minister Kneissl.

Dunja Mijatović will take up her new position at the beginning of April.

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