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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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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Secretary General Jagland: statement on the decision by the Prosecutor in Crimea to suspend the Mejlis

Secretary General 14 April 2016 Strasbourg

Responding to the decision by the Prosecutor in Crimea to suspend the Mejlis, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland said: “I strongly urge that no action is taken to restrict the Mejlis’s activity or to label it extremist. The Mejlis must be able to continue its activities in Crimea. The human...

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Secretary General welcomes confirmation of the new Ukrainian government

Secretary General 14 April 2016 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, made the following statement today: “I welcome the confirmation by the Verkhovna Rada today of the new government of Ukraine headed by Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman, following the renewal of the parliamentary coalition. “I...

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International Press Institute joins Council of Europe platform to protect journalists

Secretary General 14 April 2016 Strasbourg

The International Press Institute (IPI) today became a partner to the Platform to promote the protection of journalism and safety of journalists, through which media freedom organisations inform the Council of Europe and disseminate information on alleged violations of media freedom. The...

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New Council of Europe/EU cooperation agreement for the Western Balkans and Turkey

Council of Europe 11 April 2016 Brussels

The Secretary General of the 47-nation Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, and the European Union’s Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, today made the following statement: “We are happy to announce that the European Commission and the...

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New European Roma Institute to promote Roma and Travellers’ cultural heritage

Secretary General 8 April 2016 Strasbourg

Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland made the following statement on the occasion of International Roma Day. “45 years ago, Roma people from across the world came together for the first World Romani Congress, near London, to congregate around their common identity. “Today...

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Secretary General on official visit to Poland

Secretary General 5 April 2016 Warsaw

Yesterday 4 April, Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland had meetings with: The President of Poland, Mr Andrzej Duda The Prime Minister, Ms Beata Szydło The Speaker of the Sejm Mr Marek Kuchciński The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Witold Waszczykowski The Minister of Justice, Mr...

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Secretary General Jagland urges return to Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire

Secretary General 2 April 2016 Strasbourg

Statement by Council of Europe of Secretary General Jagland: "I am dismayed and deeply concerned by the escalation of hostilities at the contact line in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone. The Council of Europe urges both sides to stop this totally unnecessary bloodshed which leads nowhere except...

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Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland visits Poland on 4-5 April

Secretary General 31 March 2016 Strasbourg

On 4 April, Mr Jagland will have meetings with: The President of Poland, Mr Andrzej Duda The Prime Minister, Ms Beata Szydło The Speaker of the Sejm Mr Marek Kuchciński The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Witold Waszczykowski The Minister of Justice, Mr Zbigniew Ziobro The Minister of Culture and...

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Jagland: Brussels terrorist attacks targeted European values

Secretary General 22 March 2016 Strasbourg

At a news conference today, following a meeting with Bujar Nishani, President of the Republic of Albania who is paying an official visit to the Council of Europe, Secretary General Jagland expressed his sympathy and condolences to the people of Belgium after explosions in Brussels claimed several...

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EU-Turkey migration agreement: Secretary General welcomes European Commission's clarifications

Secretary General 17 March 2016 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, has welcomed the clarifications by the European Commission for further developing cooperation between the European Union and Turkey in tackling the migration crisis. “It is extremely important that every application for asylum...

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