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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International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia

Secretary General 13 May 2016 Strasbourg

Harassment of LGBTI children must have no place in schools, says Secretary General

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Secretary General speaks out against death penalty in Belarus

Secretary General 07 May 2016 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General regrets another execution in Belarus, calls for moratorium on death penalty

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World Press Freedom Day, 3 May

Council of Europe 2 May 2016 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General calls on European states to ensure that defamation legislation does not silence the media

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Secretary General Jagland on official visit to Denmark

Secretary General 2 May 2016 Strasbourg

Meetings with H.M. Queen Margrethe II, Prime Minister Rasmussen, Minister for Foreign Affairs Jensen, Minister of Justice Pind

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Thorbjørn Jagland: Europe’s human rights and security at risk through populist nationalism

Secretary General 27 April 2016 Strasbourg

Human rights, democracy and security are threatened across the continent, according to the latest annual report from the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland. “Europe is currently struggling with many serious challenges, including terrorism, migration and conflict. This...

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Ban of Mejlis risks targeting Crimean Tatar community as a whole

Secretary General 26 April 2016 Strasbourg

Secretary General Jagland made the following statement: "I am very concerned by the decision taken today by the Court of Simferopol to declare the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People an “extremist organisation” and to ban it. In a report recently prepared by a Human Rights delegation that I sent...

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Secretary General visits Estonia prior to Council of Europe Chairmanship

Secretary General 22 April 2016 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland is paying an official visit to Estonia on 26 April to hold meetings with the President, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Marina Kaljurand, and the Minister of Justice, Urmas Reinsalu. He will also meet the Estonian delegation to PACE. A...

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Council of Europe launches action plan to strengthen judicial independence and impartiality

Council of Europe 21 April 2016 Sofia

Justice ministers from across Europe have given their backing to the Council of Europe’s new 2016-2021 action plan on strengthening judicial independence and impartiality. At a conference held in Sofia, justice ministers from the Council of Europe’s 47 member states and representatives of the...

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Council of Europe Secretary General’s dialogue with members of the Assembly

Parliamentary Assembly Session 19 April 2016 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland replied to questions put by members of the Assembly in a question and answer session during the Assembly’s spring part-session. During this exchange, members of the Assembly asked about Mr Jagland’s recent report on the situation of human...

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Secretary General comments on Russian Constitutional Court judgment today

Secretary General 19 April 2016 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, has commented on the Russian Constitutional Court’s decision on the implementation of the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of “Anchugov and Gladkov v. Russia” regarding the rights of prisoners to vote:...

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Strengthening judicial independence and impartiality: Council of Europe presents action plan, 2016-2021

Council of Europe 19 April 2016 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Jagland and Bulgarian Foreign Affairs Minister Mitov to open the conference

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Council of Europe works for a human rights compliant drug policy – in Europe and beyond

Secretary General 18 April 2016 Strasbourg

By Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland The forthcoming United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem (19-21 April) is an unprecedented opportunity to acknowledge the shortcomings of the “war on drugs”; to draw on the achievements in drug policy since the UN last...

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Secretary General Jagland concerned by Islamophobic statements of “AfD” party in Germany

Secretary General 18 April 2016 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, has warned that recent statements by the leaders of Germany’s “Alternative für Deutschland” (AfD) are “contrary to European values, values which Germany as a founding member of the Council of Europe has always strongly supported”....

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