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Parliamentary Assembly Session: 26 to 30 April 2010

Economic crisis, extremism raised by Commissioner Hammarberg in speech to Assembly

Thomas Hammarberg

[28/04/2010 12:30:00] Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner Thomas Hammarberg raised the spectre of the economic crisis and a resulting rise of extremism from his annual report in a speech to the Parliamentary Assembly on 28 April. Of his published conclusions in 2009, he said: ''Some of these are of course controversial and may sometimes irritate some of the readers – and that is as it must be. Truth telling is an integral part of honest human rights work.'' Other issues he raised included the failure of the European Union to coordinate its migration and refugee policies and protecting children in minority communities. ''When I have pleaded that rich European countries should not deport Roma migrants to Kosovo, I have been thinking about the children among them,'' he added.