Social Work Social Development 2012: Action and Impact
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Plenary Speaker


Thomas Hammarberg

Photo: Council of Europe
Thomas Hammarberg (Sweden)
Plenary speech on Monday 9 July 2012

Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe since 2006 (until 1 July 2012).

Mr Hammarberg has occupied a number of international top positions and is one of Sweden’s most experienced Human Rights defenders. As early as 1977 he received the Nobel Peace Price as behalf of Amnesty International. He was then chairman of the Swedish section, and later (1980-1986) he was Secretary General of Amnesty International.

The rights of children and refugees are considered special interest of Mr Hammarberg. He was involved in the birth of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and he later took part in the UN expert committee responsible for monitoring how the ratifying member stats fulfil their obligations towards children.

Mr Hammarberg is also a well-known writer and lecturer on various issues related to, among others, security, international affairs and refugee policy.


    
 

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