Statement of Secretary General Jagland regarding the decree of pardon signed on 29 December by President Aliyev

30/12/2014 Strasbourg

"The decree signed by the President of Azerbaijan includes 10 names from the 'prisoners list' submitted by human rights defenders. This is a step in the right direction. However, there are still many names on the list that need to be urgently considered. Some well-known human rights defenders...

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Raid and closure of Radio Free Europe in Azerbaijan raises concerns over freedom of expression

28/12/2014 Strasbourg

The reported closure of Radio Free Europe again raises concerns over freedom of expression in Azerbaijan. The Council of Europe will request the reason and legal justification for this action from the Azerbaijani authorities.

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Statement of Secretary Thorbjørn Jagland on the deadly terrorist attack on a school in Pakistan

16/12/2014 Strasbourg

The world looks in horror and disbelief at this outrageous act of terrorism. My thoughts go out to the victims' families and friends and to all the millions of Pakistanis aspiring to a peaceful and democratic future. Even in these dark times, I encourage the people of Pakistan not to give up on...

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Council of Europe concerned about actions against media outlets. Secretary General Jagland will make official visit to Turkey on 6-7 January

14/12/2014 Strasbourg

We are closely following the actions taken by the authorities in Turkey with regard to several media outlets over the last 24 hours. The Council of Europe is always concerned when freedom of media is at risk and journalists are hindered in their work. Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland will...

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Anti-Semitism is a threat not only in France but all over Europe

10 December 2014 Strasbourg

“France, its President, its Prime Minister and its Interior Minister have made the fight against anti-Semitism a national cause. The Council of Europe fully supports this initiative because anti-Semitism is a threat not only in France but all over Europe. For a few years now, our experts, in...

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Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland welcomes transparency of US Senate CIA report in a statement to AFP

10 December 2014 Strasbourg

(AFP) The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland on Wednesday welcomed the publication of the US Senate’s report on the CIA, which he regarded as confirming the findings of the pan-European organisation and the European Court of Human Rights. The US Senate’s report on CIA...

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Secretary General Jagland calls for immediate release of Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova

09/12/2014 Strasbourg

I am concerned that a Baku court ordered the two-month pre-trial detention of prominent Azerbaijani investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova. Her arrest was unnecessary. It sends a very negative message to the civil society in Azerbaijan and to the international community. It once again puts...

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Secretary General Jagland addresses OSCE in Basel

04/12/2014 Strasbourg

The need for a concerted effort of the main international organisations addressing the crisis in Ukraine and the urgency of humanitarian relief were key messages of the speech by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland at the meeting of the Ministerial Council of the...

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Secretary General meets Prime Minister of Luxembourg

01/11/2014 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland met today Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. The exchange of views focused on the crisis in Ukraine, on the Secretary General’s proposal for a future Council of Europe summit and on the reform of the Organisation. Thorbjørn Jagland...

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Council of Europe Secretary General Jagland in Moscow for talks with Foreign Minister Lavrov and meetings with civil society representatives

26/11/2014 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland will be in Moscow on 27-28 November for a working visit. He will meet with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Justice Minister Alexander Konovalov and Ella Pamfilova, Commissioner for Human Rights. The Secretary General will hold talks with...

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Statement by Belgian Foreign Minister and Committee of Ministers Chairman Didier Reynders and Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland

24/11/2014 Strasbourg

Turning vision into reality: the Council of Europe Istanbul Convention - response to women victims of violence across the world On the International Day on Ending Violence against Women, the Council of Europe remembers the hundreds and thousands of women who suffer unspeakable violence, at the...

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Secretary General Jagland: Europe must do more to investigate cases of violence against women

21/11/2014 Strasbourg

In this comment, Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, explains why more governments need to sign and ratify the Council of Europe’s Istanbul Convention on violence against women. “Daily headlines tell us that violence against women sadly continues around the world. The...

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Decision to postpone court hearing on liquidation of Russian Memorial Society welcome development, says Secretary General

13/11/2014 Strasbourg

Following today’s decision by the Russian Supreme Court to postpone the hearing of a lawsuit brought by the Russian Justice Ministry against the Russian Memorial Society, the Council of Europe’s Secretary General TJ gave a comment to TASS news agency. “Today’s decision by the Russian Supreme...

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Joint Statement by European Commission First Vice President and Secretary General

12/11/2014 Strasbourg

Secretary General Jagland and European Commission First Vice President Frans Timmermans met today in Brussels. They made the following statement: “On the occasion of our meeting today, we have confirmed our shared commitment to the protection of fundamental rights and the rule of law in Europe....

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Thorbjørn Jagland in Brussels

12/11/2014 Strasbourg

The Secretary General was in Brussels for meetings with high-level representatives of the European Union and the Belgian authorities. Topics for discussion with the First Vice President of the EU Commission, Frans Timmermans, include the state of human rights and democracy in Europe, the EU’s...

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Secretary General deeply concerned by reports of third execution in Belarus this year

04/11/2014 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland said he was deeply concerned by the reports of the third execution in Belarus this year. "Capital punishment is not justice. It directly contradicts European values. I reiterate the Council of Europe appeal to the authorities of Belarus to establish without...

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Secretary General Jagland opens Strasbourg World Forum for Democracy with Jeremy Rifkin

03/11/2014 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland today opened the 2014 World Forum for Democracy with an appeal to engage with young people in order to revive democracy and democratic participation. “Tangible change is in the air. Young people are already transforming many aspects of our...

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Council of Europe Secretary General Jagland calls for full implementation of Minsk Protocol ahead of so-called elections planned in Donetsk and Lugansk

01/11/2014 Strasbourg

With regard to the intention of the self-declared authorities in eastern Ukraine to hold elections on Sunday, Secretary General Jagland recalls the Minsk Protocol of 5 September 2014, signed by representatives of Ukraine, the Russian Federation and the so-called People's Republics of Donetsk and...

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Tunisia’s first post-revolution elections praised by Secretary General Jagland

27/10/2014 Strasbourg

Following this Sunday’s vote in Tunisia for the country’s first post-revolution parliament, Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland issued a statement to “congratulate the people of Tunisia and the Tunisian authorities for the orderly manner in which the first elections of the...

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Secretary General Jagland welcomes Ukrainian poll

26/10/2014 Strasbourg

Secretary General Jagland has welcomed the parliamentary election in Ukraine “Today's election was a clear expression of the Ukrainian people’s desire for peace, democracy and unity of the country. I welcome the steadfast commitment of President Poroshenko and Prime Minister Yatsenyuk to...

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