Secretary General Jagland visits the Czech Republic

Secretary General 21 April 2017 Prague

Meetings with Prime Minister Sobotka and Minister of Foreign Affairs Zaorálek

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Statement by the Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland on the outcome of the Turkish constitutional referendum

Secretary General 16 April 2017 Strasbourg

“The Turkish electorate has voted on the amendments to the Constitution. In view of the close result the Turkish leadership should consider the next steps carefully. It is of utmost importance to secure the independence of the judiciary in line with the principle of rule of law enshrined in the...

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Stockholm attack

Secretary General 7 April 2017 Strasbourg

In a first reaction to the Stockholm truck attack today Secretary General Jagland said: “I am shocked by the sad news from Stockholm. It looks like another attack on our common values and freedoms, another attack on a vibrant European city. My thoughts go to Sweden and the people of Stockholm.”

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Saint-Petersburg metro attack: Secretary General conveys message of solidarity to Russian people

Secretary General 4 April 2017 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, sent a letter to the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, today, following deadly attacks in the Saint-Petersburg metro on 3 April. "I was shocked and greatly saddened by the news of the deadly attack perpetrated...

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Secretary General meets Danish Foreign Minister

Secretary General 4 April 2017 Strasbourg

Secretary General Jagland today met Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen, ahead of the Danish Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers. Topics of discussion included the threat of terrorism and the attack in St Petersburg, the situation in Turkey and the debate about the European Convention on...

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G7-Culture Florence: Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland to present forthcoming Blood Antiquities Convention

Secretary General 29 March 2017 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland will take part on 30-31 March in Florence (Italy) in the G7 Ministerial meeting on Culture: Culture as a tool for dialogue among peoples. The G7-Culture will focus on the protection of cultural heritage, fight against traffic of artistic and historic items and...

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Russia: Secretary General Jagland concerned about freedom of expression and freedom of assembly after mass detentions at demonstrations

Secretary General 27 March 2017 Strasbourg

The detention of hundreds of citizens, including opposition leader Alexey Navalny while exercising their right to freedom of expression and to peaceful assembly raises issues under the European Convention on Human Rights. I am particularly concerned about the reported detention of minors. I call...

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London attack: 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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