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Thomas Hammarberg (born 1942 in √Ėrnsk√∂ldsvik, Sweden) is a Swedish diplomat and human rights activist.

He is currently the Commissioner for Human Rights at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. He took up his position on 1 April 2006, succeeding the first Commissioner, √Ālvaro Gil-Robles.

Prior to his appointment, Hammarberg had spent several decades working on the advancement of human rights in Europe and worldwide. He had been Secretary General of the Stockholm-based Olof Palme International Center (2002-05), Ambassador of the Swedish Government on Humanitarian Affairs (1994-2002), the Secretary General of Swedish NGO "Save the Children" (1986-92), and Secretary General of Amnesty International (1980-86).

Between 2001-03, Thomas Hammarberg acted as Regional Adviser for Europe, Central Asia and the Caucuses for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. For several years, he was the Swedish Prime Minister's Personal Representative for the UN Special Session in Children, as well as the Convener of the Aspen Institute Roundtables on "Human Rights in Peace Missions". Between 1996 and 2000, he was Kofi Annan's appointed representative (SRSG) for human rights in Cambodia. He also participated in the work of the Refugee Working Group of the multilateral Middle East Peace Process.

For 25 years, Hammarberg has published widely on various human rights issues, and particularly on the rights of the child, refugee policy, minority issues, xenophobia, Roma rights as well as international affairs and security. He is also well known for his presentations and lectures on human rights at various governmental and academic institutions.

The Commissioner regularly conducts contact and assessment visits to help raise the standards of human rights protection in all Council of Europe member states, in accordance with his mandate.

Since he was appointed in April 2006, Thomas Hammarberg has carried out human rights assessment visits in: Albania, Germany, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Greece, Ireland, Macedonia, San Marino, Serbia, Montenegro, the Netherlands and Ukraine.

Read more here about the mandate of the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights.

Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
Martin Ennals
Secretary-General of Amnesty International
1980‚Äď1986
Succeeded by
Ian Martin
Preceded by
Alvaro Gil-Robles
Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights
2006‚Äďpresent
Succeeded by
incumbent

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