Conference ''Prevention of terrorism: prevention tools, legal instruments and their implementation'', 16-17 December 2010

16 December 2010 Istanbul

Thorbjørn Jagland: ''Speed up international efforts to fight terrorism'' During the conference, Secretary General has called on member states to intensify their co-operation in fighting terrorism. ''The threat of terrorism remains acute. The Council of Europe has developed a unique approach in...

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Secretary General meets European Commissioner Füle

15 December 2010 Strasbourg

Secretary General Jagland and European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), Stefan Fule have signed today a € 4 million “Facility” in the framework of the Eastern Partnership initiative (EaP): a multilateral tool to facilitate activities in the fields of electoral...

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Secretary General reacts to the situation in Belarus

21 December 2010 Strasbourg

''President Lukashenko should accept that elections are an occasion for the people to choose its leaders, not the other way around. Flaws in Sunday's presidential vote, as reported by the OSCE, and the crackdown on protesters which we have witnessed since, are a regrettable sign that another...

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Human Rights Day: ''We must strengthen tolerance as an essential value in Europe to protect human rights''

10 December 2010 Strasbourg

Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, condemns the hanging of 40 year old Shahla Jahed in Tehran on 1st December.''I am dismayed by this latest execution in Iran and also by the inhumane way in which it was carried out. Once again we see that the regime in Iran has little...

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Allegations of illicit trafficking in human organs in Kosovo should not be left unanswered

15 December 2010 Strasbourg

Thorbjørn Jagland reacted to the Assembly report on inhuman treatment of people and illicit trafficking in human organs in Kosovo, by saying that it contains a number of very serious allegations. He called on all the competent authorities, including international ones, to do their utmost to...

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Interview - European Council on Refugees and Exiles

2 December 2010 Strasbourg

Member states should respect ECHR decision on forced expulsions of Iraqis The European Court of Human Rights has recently confirmed its decision to suspend forced returns to Iraq in a number of individual cases against the Netherlands, the UK and Sweden, until further notice. In many cases an...

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Secretary General condemns hanging of Shahla Jahed

1st December 2010 Strasbourg

Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, condemns the hanging of 40 year old Shahla Jahed in Tehran on 1st December.''I am dismayed by this latest execution in Iran and also by the inhumane way in which it was carried out. Once again we see that the regime in Iran has little...

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Thorbjørn Jagland meets European Parliament President, Jerzy Buzek

25 November 2010 Strasbourg

At his first meeting with President Buzek, the Secretary General raised the prospects for a closer, strategic partnership between the Council of Europe and the European Union, building on the future EU accession to the European Convention on Human rights. Jagland and Buzek also exchanged views on...

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Thorbjørn Jagland met the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon

15 November 2010 New York

Human rights must be pursued with determination everywhere On 15 November in New York, at their third meeting this autumn, Council of Europe Secretary General, Thorbjørn Jagland and United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon recognised the ongoing and pressing need for close cooperation...

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Thorbjørn Jagland welcomes the release of Aung San Suu Kyi

13 November 2010 Strasbourg

''I welcome the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, the pro-democracy leader and Nobel prize winner, by the Burmese military authorities. This is a day of joy for her and her family as well as for the people of Burma'' said Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland. ''This is also an important day for human...

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Session of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities

27 October 2010 Strasbourg

Secretary General stresses need to ''bridge the gap between Roma and rest of society'' One week after the Council of Europe hosted a conference on Roma rights, Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland elaborated on practical steps the Council of Europe will take to help Roma...

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Thorbjørn Jagland met with representatives of Fundamental Rights Agency

2 November 2010 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland met with the Chairperson, Ilze Brands Kehris, and Morten Kjaerum, the Director, of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, on 2 November in Strasbourg. They discussed the existing close working relationship which could serve as a model for...

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Council of Europe meeting on Roma

20 October 2010 Strasbourg

European governments act to help Roma Representatives of the 47 Council of Europe countries, the EU and the Roma community who gathered in Strasbourg on 20 October unanimously condemned widespread discrimination against Roma and their social and economic marginalisation. Thorbjorn Jagland who...

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10 October: European Day against Death Penalty

8 October 2010 Strasbourg

Joint Council of Europe / European Union declaration To mark the European Day against the Death Penalty and the World Day against the Death Penalty, Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe and Baroness Catherine Ashton, Vice President of the European Commission and EU High...

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Forum for the Future of Democracy

21 October 2010 Yerevan

''Deep security'' and freedom of expression are the basis of democracy (more...)

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Council of Europe calls for constructive and concrete high level meeting for Roma

29 September 2010 Strasbourg

The Secretary General, Thorbjørn Jagland, and the Chairman of the Committee of Ministers, Antonio Miloshoski, invited on 29 September governments of 47 countries, the EU and international organisations to a meeting in Strasbourg on 20 October, to agree measures improving the situation of Roma...

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Council of Europe Group of Eminent Persons: Thorbjørn Jagland and Joschka Fischer launch expert group on '"Multicultural Europe'"

30 September 2010 Brussels

Joschka Fischer, former German Foreign Minister, will chair a Group of «Eminent Persons» including, among others, Javier Solana and Emma Bonino with the mandate to find answers to the current threats from intolerance and discrimination in Europe. Launching the initiative in Brussels today,...

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Thorbjørn Jagland received award ''Bridge Builder of 2010'' from Norwegian 14 August Committee

25 September 2010 Oslo

The prize is awarded annually to individuals who make a valuable contribution to building bridges between people, religions and cultures. The 14 August Committee which also organises the Pakistani Independence Day in Norway awards the prize.

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Council of Europe regrets confirmation of death penalty by Supreme Court in Belarus

24 September 2010 Strasbourg

Jagland announced on 24 September that he is “deeply saddened” by news that the appeals of two prisoners on death row in the city of Grodno were rejected by the Supreme Court. Jagland recalled that “the Council of Europe has repeatedly condemned executions in Belarus and called for abolition of...

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Secretary General meets Bill Clinton and George Soros

23 September 2010 New York

On the last day of his visit in New York, Thorbjørn Jagland met with the former US President Bill Clinton, the founder of the Open Society Institute George Soros, President of Bosnia and Herzegovina Haris Silajdzic and the Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs Karel Schwarzenberg. President Clinton...

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