LGBT people in Europe

Secretary General 15 May 2015 Strasbourg

All efforts must be made to eradicate hate and violence against LGBT people in Europe, says Secretary General

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Council of Europe commemorates end of Second World War

Secretary General 9 May 2015 Strasbourg

Working to overcome differences in today’s Europe, upholding the rights of all people, recommitting to principles of democracy and the rule of law is the best tribute we can pay to those who lost their lives in the Second World War, said the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn...

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Secretary General to commemorate liberation of Europe from Nazism

Secretary General 6 May 2015 Strasbourg

On Saturday 9 May, a ceremony to mark the Europe Day and to commemorate the end of the Second World War and liberation of Europe will be held at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. The Secretary General of the Council of Europe will deliver a speech and lay flowers in memory of those who lost...

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Democracy and Human Rights in Europe

Secretary General 29 April 2015 Strasbourg

Secretary General cites judicial weaknesses and media freedom as top human rights concerns

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Secretary General condemns executions in Indonesia

Secretary General 28 April 2015 Strasbourg

The head of Europe's 47-nation human rights organisation has condemned eight executions in Indonesia. "The death penalty is a terrible injustice which can never be put right," said Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland. Through the European Convention on Human Rights, the Council...

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Secretary General Jagland in Sarajevo

Secretary General 27 April 2015 Sarajevo

Thorbjørn Jagland is visiting Sarajevo for meetings with the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denis Zvizdić. Secretary General Jagland will also meet Minister of Foreign Affairs Igor Crnadak, Minister for Human Rights and Refugees Semiha Borovac and other government...

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Victims and survivors of Holocaust honored at concentration camp in France

Secretary General 26 April 2015 Struthof

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland joined European leaders at a commemoration ceremony on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the only Nazi concentration camp that was located in France. Located in the Vosges Mountains close to the Alsatian village of Natzwiller, the Struthof camp operated...

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Secretary General’s dialogue with Parliamentary Assembly members

Secretary General 21 April 2015 Strasbourg

The Secretary General, Thorbjørn Jagland, fielded questions from parliamentarians in a new Q&A exercise held during the Parliamentary Assembly’s spring session. In the course of the exchange, Mr Jagland said the Council of Europe had launched the most extensive action plan in the history of the...

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Secretary General Jagland at Global Conference on Cyberspace

Secretary General 15 April 2015 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland is addressing the opening session of the Global Conference on Cyberspace on 16 April in The Hague. The conference aims at discussing the most important developments in cyberspace, and issues ranging from Internet governance and...

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Secretary General at International Forum for Sports Integrity

Secretary General 13 April 2015 Lausanne (Switzerland)

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland is addressing the 1st International Forum for Sports Integrity (IFSI) : an initiative of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that aims to strengthen and co-ordinate all activities to protect clean athletes from match fixing, manipulation of competitions...

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A common legal space for both sides of the Mediterranean

Secretary General 10 April 2015 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland welcomes representatives from participating countries

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Arson attack in Germany

Secretary General 4 April 2015 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Jagland has condemned the arson attack on a home for asylum seekers in Troeglitz in eastern Germany

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Iran talks statement

Secretary General 2 April 2015 Strasbourg

Secretary General welcomes joint statement on Iran nuclear talks

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HeforShe campaign

Secretary General 2 April 2015 Strasbourg

Secretary General Jagland backs groundbreaking gender equality campaign in the name of 'strong, safe and prosperous societies'

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Jagland urges Crimean Tatar TV station to continue

Secretary General 2 April 2015 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, has expressed his concern over the withdrawal of the broadcasting license for the ATR television station serving Crimean Tatars. “A pluralistic media offer and diversity of content are as important in Crimea as they are anywhere...

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Turkish extremist attack

Secretary General 1 April 2015 Strasbourg

“We must be united in fighting terrorism and united in fighting its causes”

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Secretary General Jagland responds to International Advisory Panel review of Maidan investigations

31 March 2015 Strasbourg

"The review of the Maidan investigations by the independent International Advisory Panel was endorsed by all Member States including Ukraine. I would like to thank President Poroshenko for enabling and supporting the Panel's work. The findings of the report are a solid basis to progress the...

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A new convention on trafficking in human organs

Council of Europe 25 March 2015 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe Convention against Trafficking in Human Organs, the first ever international treaty to combat this crime, has been opened for signature at an international conference organised by the Council of Europe and the Spanish government in Santiago de Compostela (Spain). More than...

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Secretary General condemns deadly attack in Tunisia

Secretary General 18 March 2015 Strasbourg

All of us at the Council of Europe are shocked at the horrific terrorist attack in our partner country Tunisia. I extend my deepest condolences to all those suffering from the attack and express my solidarity with the people and government of Tunisia.

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Council of Europe and Ukraine launch new Action Plan

Secretary General 16 March 2015 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Klimkin are launching the Council of Europe’s Action Plan for Ukraine 2015-2017. In Kyiv 17-18 March, Mr Jagland is meeting President Petro Poroshenko, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Chair of the Verkhovna...

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