UNHCR and Council of Europe leaders stress need to protect human rights of refugees

4 September 2015 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres met today in Geneva to discuss the current human rights situation of refugees in Europe and strengthen co-operation between the two organisations. "Governments should draw inspiration...

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Human rights of refugees

Secretary General 4 September 2015 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thobjørn Jagland meets UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres

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Statement by the Spokesperson of Secretary General Jagland on today’s verdict in the case of Khadija Ismayilova in Azerbaijan

Secretary General 1 September 2015 Strasbourg

As he has done regarding the convictions of Leyla and Arif Yunus, Secretary General Jagland will request from the Azerbaijani authorities the full details of the judgment and the evidence presented against Khadija Ismayilova, an investigative journalist sentenced by a Baku Court today to 7.5...

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ECHR Lampedusa judgment underlines migrants have the same fundamental rights as everyone else

Secretary General 1 September 2015 Strasbourg

Migration crisis poses serious threat to the respect for human rights

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

Secretary General 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 constitutional reform and decentralisation. I hope that the reform process will continue and bring positive...

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Secretary General welcomes adoption of National Human Rights Strategy in Ukraine

Secretary General 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 pledged continued support from the Council of Europe to Ukraine in its implementation. “The Council of...

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Secretary General welcomes the release of six political prisoners in Belarus

Secretary General 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 prisoners in Belarus, including Mr. Nikolai Statkevich, have been liberated by a decision of...

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No place for discrimination, xenophobia in migrant crisis in Europe

Secretary General 20 August 2015 Strasbourg

"Especially during this unprecedented refugee crisis, there must be no place for xenophobia and discrimination. Europe must show solidarity with these vulnerable people", said Secretary General Jagland in a statement on Thursday. "All Council of Europe member states have a shared responsibility...

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Statement issued by the Spokesperson of Secretary General Jagland on the verdict in the cases of Leyla and Arif Yunus in Azerbaijan

Secretary General 14 August 2015 Strasbourg

Secretary General Jagland will request from the Azerbaijani authorities the full details of the judgment and the evidence presented against the defendants. In view of the known systemic deficiencies in the Azerbaijani judicial system and the worrying trend of increasing cases against human rights...

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Bring Moldova back from the brink

Secretary General 11 August 2015 Strasbourg

The Republic of Moldova - a tiny country of just 3.5 million people - is at risk of becoming Europe’s next security crisis, with potential consequences far beyond its borders. A former Soviet Republic sandwiched between Romania and Ukraine, Moldova sits at the crossroads between Europe’s East and...

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Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland condemns attack on Azerbaijani journalist Rasim Aliyev

Secretary General 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 is a very worrying sign that the safety of journalists in the country is deteriorating further. I...

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Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland calls for de-escalation of violence in Turkey

Secretary General 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 reactions. Nobody will gain from this escalation. It endangers the progress that has been achieved...

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

Secretary General 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 Hague for a fair trial. The Council of Europe reaffirms its commitment to promote abolition of the...

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Secretary General statement on journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed

Secretary General 28 July 2015 Strasbourg

“The Council of Europe is a staunch defender of free of expression and I, like many, am following the trial of Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed – the two Al Jazeera journalists awaiting sentencing on terrorism charges in Egypt. Media freedom is a cornerstone of a healthy, functioning democracy and...

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Statement by the Secretary General on the attack in Suruc

Secretary General 20 July 2015 Strasbourg

"I strongly condemn today’s brutal attack on innocent victims in Suruc, at a time when hundreds of young people were staying there. I extend my sincere condolences to the families of the deceased and wish a swift recovery to the wounded. My thoughts are with the people of Turkey, our member...

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Statement by the Secretary General on the agreement of a roadmap for "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" to the 2016 election

Secretary General 15 July 2015 Strasbourg

"I welcome the roadmap to the 2016 election that has been agreed in Skopje overnight. "The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" now has a chance to move forward, taking the necessary first steps for political stability. The agreement sends all the right signals and should be implemented in...

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Secretary General statement on the attack on Serbia's Prime Minister Vucic

11 July 2015 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Jagland has reacted to the attack on Serbia's Prime Minister Vucic today with this statement: "I am dismayed and I fully condemn the attack on Serbia's Prime Minister Vucic today. Potocara should have been a place for reflection, reconciliation, not violence".

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Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Chairmanship is a sign of reconciliation

Secretary General 10 July 2015 Strasbourg

20 years after Srebrenica - Statement by Secretary General Jagland

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Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, online hate speech increased in 2014

Secretary General 9 July 2015 Strasbourg

Annual report from Council of Europe’s anti-racism commission

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Secretary General meets Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Secretary General 7 July 2015 Strasbourg

The Secretary General today met the speaker of the House of Representatives of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Ms. Anouchka van Miltenburg. Topics of discussion included the close cooperation between the EU and the Council of Europe, the crisis in Ukraine and the human rights situation across the...

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