Nils Muižnieks (born 31 January 1964 in the United States) is a Latvian-American human rights activist and political scientist. He has served as the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights since 1 April 2012, succeeding Thomas Hammarberg (2006–2012) and Álvaro Gil-Robles (1999–2006).
Quote from the article: "European states that still do not provide any legal recognition to same-sex couples should enact legislation to create registered unions, said Nils Muižnieks, Commissioner for Human Rights at the Council of Europe (CoE) on February 21."
Tweeted: "Congratulations to #Finland, the 13th country of the @coe to adopt same-sex marriage #lgbt"
In a ‘Comment’ article entitled ‘The long march against homophobia and transphobia,’ published today, the commissioner writes: "While LGBTI persons enjoy greater protection in many European countries than ever before, they still struggle to enjoy basic freedoms and rights in environments where homophobia and transphobia are widespread [...] The human rights compliant approach would be to enact explicit prohibitions against discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity and to take effective action to identify, investigate and punish hate crimes and hate speech."
An article by Nils Muiznieks: "The long march against homophobia and transphobia"
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