Incident in London : statement by Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland

Secretary General 22 March 2017 Strasbourg

Reacting to the events in London this afternoon, the Secretary General of the 47-nation Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, said: “I am very alarmed by the events in Westminster this afternoon, which appear to have resulted in a number of casualties. Our thoughts are with all those hurt or...

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Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland calls for dialogue over Turkish foreign campaigning

Secretary General 12 March 2017 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland today reacted to growing tensions between Turkey and several other Council of Europe member states: "The situation is now damaging to diplomacy and democracy. We cannot allow it to escalate any further. All Turkish citizens,...

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Press statement by Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland on the occasion of the visit of Mr Bekir Bozdağ, Minister of Justice of Turkey

Secretary General 1 March 2017 Strasbourg

"It is imperative for Turkey and Europe that the judicial safeguards for all those who have been dismissed or are in prison are based on the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and on the case law of the European Court of Human Rights. The Commission that will be set up in Turkey to go...

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Secretary General Jagland in Geneva for Human Rights Council and high-level meetings

Secretary General 27 February 2017 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland is addressing the Human Rights Council of the United Nations on 28 February during a two-day working visit to Geneva (27-28 February). Meetings are scheduled with: António Guterres, United Nations Secretary General Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN...

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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

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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