NIHRC welcomes the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Mr Nils Muiznieks

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​19 January 2016

Coe Human Rights Commissioner at NIHRC
Coe Human Rights Commissioner at NIHRC

Chief Commissioner Les Allamby and Commission staff met Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr. Nils Muiznieks at the office of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission in Belfast today.

Notes to editors

1. Commissioner’s discussed issues including dealing with the past, plans to replace the Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights, the human rights of migrants, in particular refugees, and counter-terrorism and surveillance measures.

2. The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr Nils Muižnieks, is visiting Northern Ireland as part of his wider United Kingdom visit from 17 to 23 January 2016. His visit will focus on issues relating to the Uk’s role and relationship with the European human rights protection system.

3. Nils Muižnieks was elected Commissioner for Human Rights on 24 January 2012 by the Parliamentary Assembly and took up his position on 1 April 2012. He is the third Commissioner, succeeding Thomas Hammarberg (2006-2012) and Alvaro Gil-Robles (1999-2006). His full biography available here.

4. Les Allamby has been appointed Chief Commissioner for a period of five years. He took up post on 1 September 2014. His full biography is available here


19 Jan 2016