Secretary General welcomes the Russian Supreme Court’s decision to release Ildar Dadin

Secretary General 22 February 2017 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the 47-nation Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, today made the following statement in reaction to the Russian Supreme Court judgment concerning Ildar Dadin: “I welcome the decision from the Russian Supreme Court to overturn the guilty verdict against opposition...

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Protect journalists – Rory Peck Trust and the International News Safety Institute join Council of Europe platform

Council of Europe 21 February 2017 Strasbourg

The Platform to promote the protection of journalism and safety of journalists, through which media freedom organisations and associations of journalists inform the Council of Europe and disseminate information on alleged violations of media freedom has two new partners – The Rory Peck Trust and...

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Statement on the current situation in Romania

Secretary General 2 February 2017 Strasbourg

We are following developments in Romania closely. The Secretary General has today been in touch with the Romanian authorities, recalling that the Council of Europe’s anti-corruption body GRECO (Group of States against Corruption) is available to provide its expertise in the current situation.

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Decentralisation in Ukraine: political settlement needed for building lasting peace, says Secretary General

Secretary General 2 February 2017 Strasbourg

Ukraine urgently needs an inclusive and sustainable political settlement on which lasting peace can be built, and decentralisation remains a major part of it, said Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland today in Strasbourg. Speaking at the event “Decentralisation in Ukraine:...

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Secretary General to visit Georgia on 30 January

Secretary General 27 January 2017 Strasbourg/Tbilisi

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland will visit Georgia on an official visit on 30 January 2017, to meet high-level officials and discuss the co-operation of the country with the Council of Europe. The Secretary General will meet the President of Georgia, Giorgi Margvelashvili; Prime-Minister,...

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Secretary General addresses PACE: tackling the challenges of populism, fake news, terrorism and migration; the situation in Turkey

Secretary General 24 January 2017 Strasbourg

Addressing the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland attributed the rise of populism in Europe and elsewhere to a widespread loss of faith in democratic institutions. He said the solution was to find answers to the everyday problems faced by...

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Commemoration events for victims of the Holocaust

Secretary General 24 January 2017 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland today opened a series of ceremonies to mark the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. In front of the commemorative stone on the forecourt of the Palais de l’Europe, addresses and wreath-laying were also made by Nicos...

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Secretary General’s Opinion on the European Pillar of Social Rights

Secretary General 20 January 2017 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland has published today his Opinion on the European Union initiative to establish a European Pillar of Social Rights. In his letter to the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, Council of Europe Secretary General highlighted the fact that this...

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Russia: decriminalising domestic violence would be a clear sign of regression, says Secretary General Jagland

Secretary General 16 January 2017 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland sent a letter today to the Chairpersons of the State Duma and the Federation Council of the Russian Federation expressing his deep concern at the legislation which, if adopted, would decriminalize domestic violence in Russia. “I call upon you...

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Violations of the ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan

Secretary General 11 January 2017 Strasbourg

“The Council of Europe does not have a direct role in the negotiations, and always refers to, and supports the role of, the OSCE Minsk-Group. However, we are concerned about the humanitarian aspects of the conflict. I am aware that the violations of the ceasefire on 29 December resulted in...

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Terrorist attack in Jerusalem, Israel

Secretary General 8 January 2017 Strasbourg

Statement by Secretary General Jagland: "After a series of terrorist strikes in Europe, now Israel has suffered an attack with a truck deliberately being driven into a group of people, which seems to be the latest cruel method in the arsenal of extremist killers. I deplore the coldblooded attack...

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Council of Europe colloquy on protecting cultural heritage from destruction and trafficking

Council of Europe 2 January 2017 Strasbourg

High-level representatives from international organisations and national governments, as well as academic experts, are in Strasbourg today for a colloquy aimed at strengthening cooperation to protect cultural heritage from wanton destruction and preventing the illicit trafficking of cultural...

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Secretary General Jagland condemns terrorist attack in Istanbul

Secretary General 1 January 2017 Strasbourg

Statement by Council of Europe Secretary General Jagland condemning the terrorist attack in Istanbul "In these first hours of 2017, my heartfelt thoughts are with all those affected by the bloody terrorist attack on innocent people in Istanbul who were celebrating the New Year. The Council of...

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Suspected terrorist attack in Berlin: Secretary General statement

Secretary General 19 December 2016 Strasbourg

'The Council of Europe mourns with Germany today for the victims of the suspected terror attack on a Christmas market in Berlin which killed and injured so many innocent people. The responsible way in which the German authorities are handling and communicating this crisis is exemplary. I express...

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Statement by Secretary General Jagland on murder of Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov

Secretary General 19 December 2016 Strasbourg

"I am shocked and deeply saddened by the assassination of the Russian Federation's Ambassador to Turkey in Ankara today. I present my sincere condolences to the Russian authorities and to the family and colleagues of Ambassador Karlov. All of us at the Council of Europe express our solidarity...

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Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland condemns terrorist attack in Turkey

Secretary General 17 December 2016 Strasbourg

"I strongly condemn the terrorist attack which killed so many soldiers and injured dozens this morning in Kayseri, less than a week after the deadly Istanbul attacks. Terrorist attacks must stop. They lead only to human suffering and serve no political goal. The Council of Europe stands by...

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Cooperation with national human rights bodies to protect freedom of expression and journalists

Council of Europe 15 December 2016 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe and the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI) are jointly organising on 15 December in Strasbourg a high level seminar to discuss the potential for co-operation to promote and protect freedom of expression and the safety of journalists in member...

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Secretary General condemns terrorist attacks in Turkey, conveys condolences

Secretary General 11 December 2016 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland has condemned last night's bomb attacks outside Istanbul football stadium. "We condemn the terrorist attacks killing dozens of innocent people and leaving many more injured. We convey our deepest condolences to the people of Turkey and its...

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Hate speech is not free speech, says Secretary General ahead of Human Rights Day

Secretary General 9 December 2016 Strasbourg

Speaking ahead of Human Rights Day on 10 December, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, has warned that hate speech and free speech should not be confused. “We look back at what has been achieved and we think of the many people who have endured hardship and given...

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Secretary General Jagland on official visit to Moscow for talks with President Putin, Foreign Minister Lavrov

Secretary General 6 December 2016 Moscow

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland is visiting Moscow on 6-7 December 2016 with an official visit to meet with the President Vladimir Putin, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Speaker of the Duma Vyacheslav Volodin, Speaker of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation...

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