Secretary General, in UN, calls for ensuring basic rights for all migrant and refugee children

Secretary General 19 September 2016 New York

On 18 September 2016, in the run-up to the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants, Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland took part in a high-level event Carry Light for Children co-organised by the UN Children Fund UNICEF, the Estonian Mission to the UN, and the Council of...

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Slovak Foreign Minister Lajčák at Committee of Ministers

Secretary General 13 September 2016 Strasbourg

Miroslav Lajčák, the foreign minister of Slovakia, which currently holds the Presidency of the European Union, is at the Council of Europe today for an exchange of views with the Committee of Ministers. In his meeting with Secretary General Jagland, Foreign Minister Lajčák signed the Council of...

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Secretary General speaks at colloquy on the role of the Council of Europe in defending human rights

Council of Europe 9 September 2016 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland took part in a colloquy on the topic "Is the defence of human rights in Europe outdated? The Council of Europe is more necessary than ever", organised in Paris on 12 September by the French National Assembly and Senate, as well as a number of...

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Statement by the Spokesperson of the Secretary General on the situation regarding Inter TV in Ukraine

Spokesperson of the Secretary General 7 September 2016 Strasbourg

We underline the obligation of all Council of Europe member States, including Ukraine, to ensure media freedom and the safety of journalists, which is indispensable for the development of a genuine democracy. Any violence against or intimidation of journalists is unacceptable. We call on the...

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Committee of Ministers - exchange of views with Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Turkey

Committee of Ministers 7 September 2016 Strasbourg

The Minister’s Deputies today held an exchange of views at ministerial level with Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Turkey. This exchange of views organised following the attempted coup d’état in Turkey on 15 July, was opened by Marina Kaljurand, Minister for Foreign Affairs of...

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Statement by the Spokesperson of the Secretary General on the inclusion of the Levada Centre in the "Foreign Agents Registry" of Russia

Spokesperson of the Secretary General Strasbourg 7 September 2016

Branding NGOs as foreign agents is discriminatory, and a practice that should belong to the past. The Council of Europe has repeatedly called on the authorities to abandon this practice which is detrimental to the development of civil society in Russia.

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Secretary General meets German Interior Minister de Maizière and attends OSCE conference on Sinti and Roma

Council of Europe 5 September 2016 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland met with German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière on 6 September to discuss integration, radicalisation and the fight against extremism at national and European levels. The Secretary General also addressed an OSCE conference on...

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Thorbjørn Jagland condems terrorist attack in Gaziantep

Secretary General 22 August 2016 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe has expressed in a letter to President Erdoğan his condolences on the terror attack on 20 August in Gaziantep. In a statement directly after the attack on Sunday, the Secretary General said: "I am devastated by the atrocious bomb attack in our member...

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Secretary General Jagland in Ankara

Secretary General 3 August 2016 Ankara

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland arrived in Ankara on Wednesday 3 August for two days of meetings with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Minister of Justice Bekir Bozdağ, the Speaker of the Turkish Parliament, Ismail Kahraman,...

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Secretary General Jagland to meet President Erdogan in Ankara

Secretary General 31 July 2016 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland will be in Ankara on Wednesday 3 August for meetings with President Erdoğan, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Minister of Justice Bekir Bozdağ and leaders of the opposition parties. Contact Press release

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Secretary General Jagland concerned over hostage crisis in Yerevan

Secretary General 29 July 2016 Strasbourg

I follow with concern the events taking place in our member state of Armenia, where for several days already, an armed group has taken hostages in a police station in Yerevan. I would like to recall that in states governed by the rule of law, all conflicts should be resolved through political...

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Turkey: Protecting democracy and human rights

Secretary General 22 July 2016 Strasbourg

Statement by the Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland

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Secretary General receives notification from Turkey of its intention to temporarily suspend part of the European Convention on Human Rights

Secretary General 21 July 2016 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, has been informed by the Turkish authorities that Turkey will notify its derogation from the European Convention on Human Rights under the Convention’s Article 15. The possibility of a derogation is foreseen by Article 15 of the...

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Ahead of the fifth anniversary of Utøya tragedy, Secretary General calls for robust response to hate crime

Secretary General 21 July 2016 Strasbourg

"Five years after the Oslo attacks and the Utøya massacre that claimed 77 lives on 22 July 2011, hate-driven violence remains a challenge for European society and governments today", said Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland, calling for a determined response to hate crime....

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Statement on the murder of Pavlo Sheremet

Spokesperson of the Secretary General 20 July 2016 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe strongly condemns the appalling murder of journalist Pavlo Sheremet in Kyiv today. He calls on the Ukrainian authorities and law-enforcement agencies to quickly and effectively investigate this crime as an important message to society that...

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Coup attempt in Turkey

Secretary General 15 July 2016 Strasbourg

Statement by Secretary General

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Secretary General Jagland condemns the horrific terrorist attack in Nice

Secretary General 15 July 2016 Strasbourg

“On 14 July, the day when France and the world celebrate the birth of the French Republic, when the call to ‘liberté, égalité, fraternité’ rings in the hearts of all democrats, the host nation of the Council of Europe has been the scene of another murderous attack. Our Organisation stands...

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Statement by Secretary General Jagland on adoption by Sejm of Poland of draft Act on Constitutional Tribunal

Secretary General 8 July 2016 Strasbourg

“The draft Act on the Constitutional Tribunal was adopted yesterday at its second reading in the lower Chamber of the Polish Parliament (Sejm). I will ask the Venice Commission to rapidly examine whether this Act follows its Opinion provided in March 2016. I would urge the Senate, and the Sejm at...

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“No means No”: Secretary General welcomes German legislation to end violence against women

Secretary General 7 July 2016 Strasbourg

"I welcome today’s vote in the German parliament to pass the so-called No means No law, which brings Germany in line with our convention to end violence against women," said Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland. "Rape cannot be limited to just physical assault," he said of the...

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Secretary General Jagland in Berlin for talks with Foreign Minister Steinmeier

Secretary General 5 July 2016 Berlin

Thorbjørn Jagland met with German foreign minister Steinmeier on Tuesday in Berlin. Topics of discussion included human rights in Europe, the role of the European Convention on Human Rights and the situation in Ukraine, Turkey and Azerbaijan. They also discussed the European Roma Institute for...

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