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Secretary General Jagland welcomes vote in Ukraine's parliament on constitutional reform and decentralisation

31 August 2015 Strasbourg
Council of Europe Secretary General Jagland welcomes the vote in Ukraine's parliament on constitutional reform and decentralisation today: “I welcome the vote in the Rada today in favour of...
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Secretary General welcomes adoption of National Human Rights Strategy in Ukraine

26 August 2015 Strasbourg
Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland welcomed today the approval by the Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko of the National Strategy in the Sphere of Human Rights for the period until 2020, and...
Council of Europe

Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) reports on Montenegro

Strasbourg 26 August 2015
Council of Europe calls for sharpened measures to counter corruption among parliamentarians, judges and prosecutors in Montenegro
Council of Europe

Human rights defenders from Russia, Afghanistan and Balkan region shortlisted for 2015 Václav Havel Prize

25 August 15 Strasbourg
Veteran Russian human rights defender Ludmilla Alexeeva, the grassroots NGO Women for Afghan Women and the Balkan NGO Youth Initiative for Human Rights have been shortlisted for the 2015 Václav...
Secretary General

Secretary General welcomes the release of six political prisoners in Belarus

22 August 2015 Strasbourg
Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland today made the following statement concerning the release of six political prisoners in Belarus: "I have been informed today that six political...
Council of Europe

Council of Europe supports use of minority languages in public signs

21 August 2015 Strasbourg
The Council of Europe notes with regret that on 17 August 2015, the City Council of Vukovar / Вуковар (Croatia), where Serbs constitute a significant proportion of the population, decided to amend...
Council of Europe

21st edition of the Sarajevo Film Festival

22 August 2015 Strasbourg
The 21th edition of the Sarajevo Film Festival, which is supported by the Council of Europe, ended today with the award ceremony. The “Heart of Sarajevo for the Best Feature Film” award, which is...
Commissioner for Human Rights

Without papers but not without rights: the basic social rights of irregular migrants

20 August 2015 Strasbourg
“Those who think that irregular migrants have no rights because they have no papers are wrong. Everyone is a holder of human rights regardless of their status. It is easy to understand that the...
Council of Europe

Declaration on gender equality in the European film industry

14 August 2015 Sarajevo
A high-level conference, entitled “Women in today’s film industry: gender issues. Can we do better?", was held in Sarajevo on 14 August, in the framework of Bosnia and Herzegovina's Chairmanship of...
Group of States Against Corruption (GRECO)

Despite progress, Georgia still has to fully implement recommendations on transparency of party funding

11 august 2015 Strasbourg
The anti-corruption body of the Council of Europe, the Group of States Against Corruption (GRECO) published today a report on how Georgia has implemented its previous recommendations on...
Secretary General

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland condemns attack on Azerbaijani journalist Rasim Aliyev

10 August 2015 Strasbourg
The Secretary General of the Council of Europe issued the following statement today: “I am shocked by the murder of Rasim Aliyev, Chairman of the Institute for Reporters Safety and Freedom (*). It...
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Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland calls for de-escalation of violence in Turkey

10 August 2015 Strasbourg
The recent increase of violence in Turkey which has resulted in the deaths of civilians, soldiers and police officers is very worrying. I call on all in Turkey to refrain from violent actions and...
International Advisory Panel (IAP)

Investigation of Odesa tragedy

7 August 2015 Strasbourg
International Advisory Panel describes recent visits to Ukraine, final report expected by end of October
Council of Europe

Hungary ratifies Council of Europe convention to protect children against sexual abuse

4 August 2015 Strasbourg
Hungary became the 37th state of the Council of Europe to ratify the Council of Europe’s Convention on Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse. It will enter into force...
Council of Europe

Council of Europe marks the anniversary of the Roma genocide in the Second World War

31 July 2015 Strasbourg
Today the Council of Europe observed one minute of silence to mark the 71th anniversary and to pay homage to the victims of the genocide committed against Roma during the Second World War. The Roma...
Secretary General

Thorbjørn Jagland: Women’s safety in Europe has been strengthened by the success of the ‘Istanbul Convention’

30 July 2015 Strasbourg
Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland has called on nine member states to sign and ratify the ‘Istanbul, Convention,’ to strengthen women’s safety across Europe.
Commissioner for Human Rights

Time to cure amnesia about the history of Roma in Europe

30 July 2015 Strasbourg
“In a few days, we will commemorate the liquidation 71 years ago of the so-called “Gypsy family camp” at Auschwitz-Birkenau. On 2 August 1944, 2 897 persons were taken to the gas chambers and...
Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings

Statement by GRETA on the occasion of the World Day against Trafficking in Persons

30 July 2015 Strasbourg
On the occasion of the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, the Council of Europe Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) expresses deep concern at the current...
Committee of Ministers

Chairman of the Committee of Ministers participates in the special meeting of the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee in Madrid (28 July 2015)

29 July 2015 Strasbourg
The Chairman of the Committee of Ministers, Minister Igor Crnadak, participated on 28 July 2015 in Madrid, on behalf of the Council of Europe, in the special meeting of the Counter-Terrorism...
Secretary General

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland condemns death sentence of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi

28 July 2015 Strasbourg
I condemn the decision by a Tripoli court to sentence Saif al-Islam Gaddafi and eight other defendants to death. This case should have been turned over to the International Criminal Court in the...