Statement by Secretary General Jagland on the UK referendum

Secretary General 24 June 2016 Strasbourg

“The democratic decision in this referendum must be respected. The best way forward now is for the EU, in accordance with its best traditions, to work together with the UK government to obtain the most acceptable outcome for the citizens of the UK and Europe. Everybody should now focus on what...

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Towards a global moratorium on capital punishment

Secretary General 23 June 2016 Strasbourg

Secretary General addresses the World Congress on the Death Penalty

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Secretary General’s dialogue with Assembly members

Secretary General 21 June 2016 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland replied to questions from members of the Assembly in a question and answer session during the Assembly’s summer part-session. During this exchange, PACE members asked Mr Jagland for his reaction to the lifting of immunity from prosecution of...

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World Refugee Day: Council of Europe head calls for renewed effort to protect migrant children from sexual abuse

Secretary General 17 June 2016 Strasbourg

Ahead of World Refugee Day, Secretary General called on Europe’s governments to make protection of migrant and asylum-seeking minors against sexual abuse a top priority. “Child protection is a moral duty and legal obligation for all European states. Last year, an estimated 300,000 migrant and...

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International data protection conference: Mauritius joins “Convention 108”

Council of Europe 17 June 2016 Strasbourg

The Republic of Mauritius today became the second non-European state – after Uruguay in 2013 – to ratify the Convention for the protection of individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data, also known as “Convention 108”, and its Additional Protocol, taking the total number of...

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European Convention on Human Rights remains crucial: annual legal HELP conference

Council of Europe 16 June 2016 Strasbourg

The European Convention on Human Rights is crucial to maintaining stability and liberty on the continent, and the Council of Europe’s task is to help its States implement it, to “sow the Convention into the national legal fabric”, said Council of Europe’s Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland...

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Euro 2016 football violence: Council of Europe calls for better police cooperation

Secretary General 14 June 2016 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, has called on European governments to improve police cooperation after the violent clashes between football hooligans in Marseille last Saturday. “What happened in Marseille is absolutely unacceptable. Europe can and must do more...

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Secretary General expresses his condolences to the United States

Secretary General 13 June 2016 Strasbourg

"Europeans across the Continent are shocked and saddened by the cruel attack in Orlando in which so many innocent people were killed. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims, and with all who are suffering after this horrific homophobic and transphobic hate crime. The...

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Internet: Web addresses promoting sex crimes against children must be stopped

Secretary General 10 June 2016 Strasbourg

Governments and internet bodies must prevent web addresses being registered which openly refer to child sexual abuse, according to the Secretary General of the 47-nation Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland. Speaking at the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG 2016) in Brussels,...

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Secretary General Jagland at the OSCE: When politics stall, the human rights convention moves us forward

Secretary General 9 June 2016 Vienna (Austria)

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland, in his address to the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna, highlighted the value of the European Convention on Human Rights and called on the 57 OSCE participating States to “put these shared standards and common laws at the heart of our...

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Secretary General welcomes the adoption of Norwegian law on legal gender recognition

Secretary General 7 June 2016 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland made the following statement following the adoption of a new law on legal gender recognition in Norway: “Yesterday the Norwegian Parliament adopted a new law on legal gender recognition based on self-determination. Norway becomes the fourth Council of Europe...

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Statement of Secretary General Jagland on the terrorist attack in Istanbul today

Secretary General 7 June 2016 Strasbourg

"Again a deadly attack in Istanbul has killed and injured so many innocent people in the nation's largest city. I am devastated by the news and cannot but repeat that these ruthless attacks are attacks on our values - on us all. I express my deepest sympathy and condolences to the families, the...

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Secretary General meets Georgian President

Secretary General 6 June 2016 Strasbourg

On 6 June 2016, Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland met in Strasbourg Giorgi Margvelashvili, President of Georgia. The meeting focused on the situation in the country in the run-up to the parliamentary elections scheduled for October 2016; amendments to the Georgian law...

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Jagland: Ukraine’s Constitutional amendments a major step towards European standards

Secretary General 2 june 2016 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland today welcomed the adoption by Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada of the amendments to the Constitution regarding the Judiciary: “I welcome the adoption today by the Verkhovna Rada of amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine related to the...

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Secretary General concerned about Internet censorship

Secretary General 1 June 2016 Strasbourg

Rules for blocking and removal of illegal content must be transparent and proportionate

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Statement by the Secretary General on reforms in Ukraine

Secretary General 26 May 2016 Strasbourg

Secretary General Jagland reiterates that the Council of Europe is on the side of Ukraine and its people, as the country take steps to put in place a fully independent, efficient and professional judicial system. ”As we reach the midterm of the Council of Europe Action Plan for Ukraine, I take...

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Secretary General meets Greek PM Tsipras

Secretary General 26 May 2016 Athens (Greece)

As part of his official visit to Greece, Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland met with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. The Secretary General also met the President of Greece, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, the Minister of Justice, Nikos Paraskevopoulos and the the Speaker of the Parliament, Nikos Voutsis. ...

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Secretary General on the release of Nadia Savchenko

Secretary General 25 May 2016 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Jagland said on release of Nadia Savchenko this was “a good development, also from a humanitarian perspective, but also of course because Nadia Savchenko is a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe”. He hoped that it would “lead to...

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Secretary General on official visit to Greece 25-26 May

Secretary General 24 May 2016 Strasbourg

On 25 May, Secretary General Jagland will have meetings with: The President of Greece, Prokopis Pavlopoulos The Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras The Minister of Justice, Nikos Paraskevopoulos The Speaker of the Parliament, Nikos Voutsis On 26 May: Secretary General Jagland will visit the Centre for...

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World Humanitarian Summit: Council of Europe commitment

Secretary General 23 May 2016 Istanbul

Attending the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland made this commitment today on behalf of the Council of Europe: Leaving No One Behind – A Commitment to Address Forced Displacement Core Commitment 4: Commit to collectively work towards a Global Compact on...

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