Thomas Hammarberg was the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights from April 2006 to March 2012. Previously he held positions as Secretary General of London-based Amnesty International, Swedish Save the Children and the Olof Palme International Center. He received on behalf of Amnesty International the Nobel Peace Prize in 1977. As ambassador he advised the Swedish government on human rights issues. He has also served as the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Human Rights in Cambodia. Other UN tasks have included membership in the first UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. Furthermore, he has acted as Regional Adviser for Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Being a former journalist and teacher he has published widely on various human rights issues, particularly on Roma rights, children’s rights, refugee policy, minority issues, xenophobia, and international affairs and security. His latest book is Human rights in Europe: no ground for complacency (2011). He is also well known for his presentations and lectures on human rights at various governmental and academic institutions. In his role as Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg gave a lot of prominence to
European Journal of Migration and Law – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2012
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