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

Thorbjørn Jagland supports Co-Chairs of OSCE Minsk Group

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Terrorist attack in Jerusalem, Israel

Secretary General 8 January 2017 Strasbourg

Statement by Thorbjørn Jagland, Council of Europe Secretary General

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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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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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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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Belarus executions: Council of Europe Secretary General deeply concerned

Secretary General 2 December 2016 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the 47-nation Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, has expressed his deep concern at reports of three executions being carried out in Belarus. “Every single execution is an horrendous violation of the right to life, the most fundamental of all human rights,” he said....

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Secretary General 1 December 2016 Strasbourg

In the run-up to the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3 December), the head of the 47-nation Council of Europe has called on European governments to draw on the newly-adopted Disability Strategy (2017-2023) to make human rights a reality for all. Secretary General Jagland said:...

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Celebrating 10 years of stronger Council of Europe/EU relations

Council of Europe 23 November 2016 Strasbourg

Secretary General Jagland and the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, are launching a series of initiatives to mark the 10th anniversary of the 2007 Memorandum of Understanding between the Council of Europe and the European Union. In the presence...

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Azerbaijan: Statement by Secretary General Jagland on the decision of the Supreme Court today rejecting the appeal by Ilgar Mammadov

Secretary General 18 November 2016 Strasbourg

“Today, Azerbaijan’s highest court has failed to uphold the country’s legal obligation to execute the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights. The severity of this development for Azerbaijan as a member of the Council of Europe cannot be underestimated. Azerbaijan’s flagrant disrespect of...

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Official visit of the President of Poland Andrzej Duda

Secretary General 16 November 2016 Strasbourg

Polish President Andrzej Duda today paid an official visit to the Council of Europe. Following a meeting with Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland, President Duda had an exchange of views with the Ministers’ Deputies. He also met with Guido Raimondi, President of the European Court of Human...

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