Human Rights Challenges in Europe: The Refugee Crisis and War in Ukraine
Dr. Nils Muižnieks
Commissioner for Human Rights
Council of Europe
Ms. Shannon Green
Director and Senior Fellow
Human Rights Initiative, CSIS
The Human Rights Initiative is pleased to host the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dr. Nils Muižnieks, for a keynote address and armchair discussion on the European refugee crisis, conflict in Ukraine, and other human rights challenges facing Europe.
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 Álvaro Gil-Robles (1999-2006).
Prior to his appointment as Commissioner for Human Rights, he held prominent posts such as Director of the Advanced Social and Political Research Institute at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Latvia in Riga (2005-2012); Chairman of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (2010-2012); Latvian minister responsible for social integration, anti-discrimination, minority rights, and civil society development (2002-2004); and Director of the Latvian Centre for Human Rights and Ethnic Studies - now Latvian Human Rights Centre (1994-2002).
This event is made possible by the generous support of the Council of Europe.