International conference on fighting the smuggling of migrants

Council of Europe 23 June 2017 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe is organising an international conference in Strasbourg on 23 June to discuss ways to prevent and combat the smuggling of migrants. The prevention and suppression of smuggling of migrants in Europe and its severe implications for human rights pose complex legal challenges....

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Learning to Live Together: a Shared Commitment to Democracy

Council of Europe 19 June 2017 Strasbourg

Conference on the Future Citizenship and Human Rights Education in Europe

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International conference in Brno, Czech Republic, on the binding effect of judicial decisions

Council of Europe 19 June 2017 Strasbourg

Presidents of Supreme and Constitutional courts from Council of Europe member states will gather in Brno, Czech Republic on 20 and 21 June for a high-level international conference to discuss the binding effect of judicial decisions taken by the European Court of Human Rights, the Court of...

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Secretary General meets Greek Minister of Justice Stavros Kontonis

Secretary General 13 June 2017 Strasbourg

On 1 June the Secretary General met with the Greek Minister of Justice Stavros Kontonis at the Council of Europe. Topics of discussion included migration and refugees, prison reform, police impunity, judicial issues and corruption. The Secretary General and the Minister emphasised the good...

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Statement by the Secretary General on the London attack

Secretary General 4 June 2017 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland made the following statement today following the attack in London last night that left several people dead and dozens wounded: "This was another cruel attack on our common values and freedoms. We stand united with our member state UK in the...

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Secretary General Jagland on official visit to the Republic of Moldova

Secretary General 31 May 2017 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland made an official visit to the Republic of Moldova on 30 and 31 May. During his visit to Chisinau, the Secretary General launched the Council of Europe Action Plan for the Republic of Moldova 2017-2020, together with Andrei Galbur, Deputy Prime...

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Secretary General expresses condolences to UK for victims of Manchester attack

Secretary General 23 May 2017 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland has written a letter of condolence to UK Prime Minister Theresa May following the terrorist attack at a pop concert in Manchester which has left at least 22 people dead and 59 injured. He said he was shocked to hear the news and his thoughts were with the...

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United Nations Secretary General António Guterres meets Thorbjørn Jagland

Secretary General 17 May 2017 Strasbourg

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres paid a visit to the Council of Europe today and met with Secretary General Jagland. The meeting covered a broad range of subjects including migration, conflict prevention, combatting corruption and the fight against terrorism. Messrs Jagland and...

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Ukraine: Secretary General Jagland voices concern over blocking social networks and websites

Secretary General 17 May 2017 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General has voiced his concern about a decree by Ukrainian President Poroshenko on the blocking of several major online services and social networks on the territory of Ukraine. “Blocking of social networks, search engines, mail services and news web sites goes against...

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Violence against women: Thorbjørn Jagland welcomes EU decision to sign the Istanbul Convention

Secretary General 11 May 2017 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the 47-nation Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, has warmly welcomed today’s decisions by the EU Council that the European Union as a whole should sign up to the Council of Europe’s Istanbul Convention on violence against women and domestic violence. “Violence against...

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Council of Europe calls on all parties in Skopje to deescalate and refrain from violence

Secretary General 27 April 2017 Strasbourg

The situation at the Skopje parliament is alarming. Secretary General Jagland said “I call on all parties in Skopje to deescalate the situation and refrain from violence. Parliament must uphold democracy and the rule of law, and it should promote dialogue”.

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Secretary General Jagland says PACE must be seen to act with “One hundred per cent integrity”

Secretary General 25 April 2017 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland replied to questions from PACE members in a question and answer session during the Assembly’s Spring part-session. During this exchange, parliamentarians asked Mr Jagland what he could do concerning allegations of corruption inside the PACE....

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Council of Europe deplores recent executions in Arkansas

Council of Europe 25 April 2017 Strasbourg

The 47-nation Council of Europe calls for an end to the death penalty after a series of executions in the US state of Arkansas. After 12 years not carrying out the death penalty Arkansas has now executed three people in a matter of days. This is deeply disturbing, and goes against the global...

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Secretary General meets Hungarian Justice Minister

Secretary General 24 April 2017 Strasbourg

Hungarian Minister of Justice László Trócsányi today attended the swearing-in of Péter Paczolay, the new Hungarian judge at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. After the ceremony, Mr Trócsányi met with Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland. They discussed current...

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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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Populism - How strong are Europe’s checks and balances?

Secretary General 20 April 2017 Strasbourg

Secretary General 2017 report on democracy, human rights and the rule of law in Europe

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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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