Bosnian Candidate Elected CoE Human Rights Commissioner

The Council of Europe assembly elected a Bosnian candidate to the position of the Council’s Human Rights Commissioner.

Dunja Mijatović won the second round of the race on Wednesday with 107 votes. The runner-up, France’s Pierre-Yves Le Borgn, won 103 votes. In the first round on Tuesday, Le Borgn won 105 votes while Mijatović won 76 votes. Slovenia’s Goran Klemenčič won 67 votes and quit the race.

Mijatović was previously the media freedoms representative of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, OSCE. She will hold the post of CoE Human Rights Commissioner for six years, without the possibility of a second mandate.

The Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights is an independent institution established by the Council in 1999 to promote human rights in 47 member states.

Latvia’s Nils Muižnieks held the post since 2012.

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