Nils Muižnieks, Commissioner for Human Rights, Council of Europe
Anthony Dworkin, Senior Policy Fellow, ECFR
The Council of Europe brings together 47 countries in the wider European area to promote cooperation on human rights and the rule of law. In this discussion, the Council’s Commissioner for Human Rights will consider the opportunities and challenges for upholding human rights in this region. In particular he will examine the human rights situation in Ukraine, where he has recently been on an official visit, and discuss it as an example of the work that the Commissioner for Human Rights carries out.
Nils Muižnieks is Commissioner for Human Rights at the Council of Europe.He has been working in the field of human rights for the past two decades. Prior to his appointment as Commissioner for Human Rights, he was Director of the Advanced Social and Political Research Institute at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Latvia in Riga, Chairman of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance, Latvian Minister responsible for social integration, anti-discrimination, minority rights, and civil society development and Director of the Latvian Centre for Human Rights and Ethnic Studies – now Latvian Human Rights Centre.
Anthony Dworkin is a Senior Policy Fellow and leads ECFR’s work in the area of human rights, democracy, and justice. Before joining ECFR, Anthony was executive director of the Crimes of War Project. He co-edited the book Crimes of War: What the Public Should Know (2nded., Norton, 2007)..Since 2011, Anthony has also followed political developments in North Africa after the Arab uprisings, with a particular focus on Egypt and Tunisia.