Zero tolerance for female genital mutilation (FGM)

Council of Europe 5 February 2016 Strasbourg

“Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a vile crime and a gross violation of the human rights of women and girls,” said Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland just ahead of the UN International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (6 February). “According to new figures...

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Secretary General responds to reports that French police have cleared hundreds of Roma in Paris

Secretary General 3 February 2016 Strasbourg

"It is crucial that the French authorities provide all those who have been forced to leave the ‘Petite ceinture’ camp – including children and elderly people – with adequate, alternative accommodation, particularly as they have decided to take this action during winter", said Council of Europe...

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Council of Europe human rights mission returns from Crimea

Secretary General 3 February 2016 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s human rights mission to Crimea, led by Swiss diplomat Ambassador Gérard Stoudmann, has returned to Strasbourg after a 7-day visit to the peninsula. Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland today informed the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers that the delegation met...

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Immigration: 'kneejerk' responses risk departure from European values

Secretary General 2 February 2016 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland has delivered a keynote speech on the risk of 'kneejerk' responses to immigration at a high-level seminar organised by the Dutch EU chairmanship: “EU fundamental values, immigration and integration: a shared responsibility” in Strasbourg today. "We should be...

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Combating hate speech online: Council of Europe and Germany to co-operate

Secretary General 28 January 2016 Strasbourg

The German Federal Minister for Justice and Consumer Protection, Heiko Maas, today paid an official visit to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg and held talks with its Secretary General, Thorbjørn Jagland. The items discussed included combating online hate speech and incitement to hatred, and...

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The European Convention on Human Rights is our compass

Parliamentary Assembly Session 26 January 2016 Strasbourg

Secretary General Jagland has asked parliamentarians to go home and be louder than ever in defending Europe’s human rights architecture. Speaking about the many challenges facing Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland said the European Convention on Human Rights is a shared vocabulary, the set of values which...

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Council of Europe human rights mission starts in Crimea today

Secretary General 25 January 2016 Strasbourg

Secretary General Jagland sends Swiss diplomat Gérard Stoudmann to lead delegation

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Turkey: Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland concerned by arrests of academics

Secretary General 15 January 2016 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland today issued the following statement: “Reports from Turkey about arrests of several academics and intellectuals today are very worrying. In this difficult time when Turkey is facing an immense challenge due to terrorist attacks, I call on all...

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Helping refugees in the Mediterranean: Greek association “Agkalia” awarded Raoul Wallenberg Prize

Council of Europe 13 January 2016 Strasbourg

Today, a Greek association Agkalia from the island of Lesvos has received the Council of Europe’s Raoul Wallenberg Prize 2016 Prize for outstanding achievements in providing frontline assistance to thousands of refugees irrespective of their origin and religion. As Lesvos has become a European...

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Secretary General regrets another death verdict delivered in Belarus, calls for abolition of death penalty

Secretary General 13 January 2016 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland made the following statement today: “I deeply regret another death sentence delivered on 5 January by Minsk Regional Court in Belarus. Death penalty is a violation of the key human right – the right to life; this inhuman practice is...

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Response to terrorism must be resolute, says Secretary General in the wake of Istanbul attack

Secretary General 12 January 2016 Strasbourg

Following today’s bomb attack in Istanbul that claimed at least ten lives and left more people injured, Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland expressed his solidarity with Turkey’s people and leadership conveyed his deepest condolences to the families of victims, many of...

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How Europe can defeat terrorism

Secretary General 7 January 2016 Strasbourg

When terrorists attacked the staff of the Charlie Hebdo magazine, their intentions were clear. They wanted to extinguish an established European tradition of free-expression. They wanted their deadly violence, employed in the service of a bankrupt and backward ideology, to weaken confidence in...

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Poland: Jagland offers expertise on media law

Secretary General 6 January 2016 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Jagland has written to Polish President Duda expressing his concern regarding the legislative draft on public service broadcasting and its possible impact on the integrity and independence of public TV and radio. Jagland invites the Polish authorities to submit...

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Executions in Japan

Spokesperson of the Secretary General 18 December 2015 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe condemns the two executions carried out in Japan today and urges the observer state to move towards abolishing the death penalty. See also: Japan and the Council of Europe

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Azerbaijan human rights inquiry

Secretary General 16 December 2015 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the 47-nation Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, has launched an official inquiry into Azerbaijan's implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights. "Judgments from the European Court of Human Rights have highlighted an arbitrary application of the law in...

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Migration and Refugees: Secretary General appoints Special Representative

Secretary General 16 December 2015 Strasbourg

Council of Europe to examine reported human rights violations against migrants and refugees

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Russia’s new law on the Constitutional Court. Jagland: “a solution should be possible.”

Secretary General 15 December 2015 Strasbourg

Constitutional Court will need to ensure respect for European Convention.

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Corruption in Ukraine: new GRECO report published

Secretary General 15 December 2015 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s anti-corruption body Group of States Against Corruption (GRECO) on Monday published a new compliance report looking at how Ukraine has been implementing its previous recommendations on fighting corruption. The report focuses on criminalizing all corruption offences...

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Statement by Secretary Jagland on the situation in Republika Srpska

Secretary General 11 December 2015 Strasbourg

“I am very concerned by the recent developments in Republika Srpska, in particular the decision of the RS government to stop cooperation with certain state level law enforcement and judicial authorities and the announced referendum on the State judiciary. These actions undermine the Dayton...

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“Islamic State” are not a state, nor are they Islamic - Terror has no religion

Secreatry General 9 December 2015 Strasbourg

Secretary General warns against maligning or marginalising any religious group

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