Hate speech is not free speech, says Secretary General ahead of Human Rights Day

Secretary General 9 December 2016 Strasbourg

Speaking ahead of Human Rights Day on 10 December, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, has warned that hate speech and free speech should not be confused. “We look back at what has been achieved and we think of the many people who have endured hardship and given...

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Secretary General Jagland on official visit to Moscow for talks with President Putin, Foreign Minister Lavrov

Secretary General 6 December 2016 Moscow

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland is visiting Moscow on 6-7 December 2016 with an official visit to meet with the President Vladimir Putin, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Speaker of the Duma Vyacheslav Volodin, Speaker of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation...

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Belarus executions: Council of Europe Secretary General deeply concerned

Secretary General 2 December 2016 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the 47-nation Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, has expressed his deep concern at reports of three executions being carried out in Belarus. “Every single execution is an horrendous violation of the right to life, the most fundamental of all human rights,” he said....

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Secretary General 1 December 2016 Strasbourg

In the run-up to the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3 December), the head of the 47-nation Council of Europe has called on European governments to draw on the newly-adopted Disability Strategy (2017-2023) to make human rights a reality for all. Secretary General Jagland said:...

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Celebrating 10 years of stronger Council of Europe/EU relations

Council of Europe 23 November 2016 Strasbourg

Secretary General Jagland and the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, are launching a series of initiatives to mark the 10th anniversary of the 2007 Memorandum of Understanding between the Council of Europe and the European Union. In the presence...

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Azerbaijan: Statement by Secretary General Jagland on the decision of the Supreme Court today rejecting the appeal by Ilgar Mammadov

Secretary General 18 November 2016 Strasbourg

“Today, Azerbaijan’s highest court has failed to uphold the country’s legal obligation to execute the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights. The severity of this development for Azerbaijan as a member of the Council of Europe cannot be underestimated. Azerbaijan’s flagrant disrespect of...

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Official visit of the President of Poland Andrzej Duda

Secretary General 16 November 2016 Strasbourg

Polish President Andrzej Duda today paid an official visit to the Council of Europe. Following a meeting with Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland, President Duda had an exchange of views with the Ministers’ Deputies. He also met with Guido Raimondi, President of the European Court of Human...

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Cybercrime: towards a new legal tool on electronic evidence

Secretary General 16 November 2016 Strasbourg

“The 15th anniversary of the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime is a turning point, in that the Convention is now reaching out into the ‘clouds’,” said the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, at the opening of the 2016 Octopus conference. Data, and therefore electronic...

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Turkey: Secretary General in Ankara today

Secretary General 10 November 2016 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland has arrived for a series of meetings in Ankara today. He is scheduled to meet President Erdoğan, Prime Minister Yıldırım, Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu, Minister for European Affairs Çelik and representatives of opposition parties He will also have a meeting with...

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Secretary General Jagland concerned about the situation of Ildar Dadin

Secretary General 4 November 2016 Strasbourg

Thorbjørn Jagland yesterday expressed his concern about allegations of ill-treatment of human rights activist Ildar Dadin in a telephone call to Alexander Konovalov, Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation. The Secretary General underlined the importance of the joint work carried out by the...

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Turkey: Secretary General Jagland concerned about state of emergency measures and freedom of expression

Secretary General 31 October 2016 Strasbourg

Council of Europe of Secretary General Jagland has commented on recent developments in Turkey in a statement released on Monday: "It is highly questionable if the raid against Cumhuriyet can be justified as a proportionate measure, even under the state of emergency. I am also concerned about the...

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Secretary General on official visit to Monaco

Secretary General 27 October 2016 Monaco

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland will have an Audience with Prince Albert II of Monaco and meet the followings officials: - Mr Philippe Narmino, Director of Judicial Services - Mr Serge Telle, Minister of State - Mr Christophe Steiner, Chairman of the National...

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Statement by the Spokesperson of the Secretary General on the arrest of co-mayors of Diyarbakır

Spokesperson of the Secretary General 26 October 2016 Strasbourg

It is a matter of particular concern to the Council of Europe when democratically-elected representatives are deprived of their liberty. We will ask the authorities in our member state Turkey to provide us with the necessary explanations.

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Secretary General meets Hungarian Justice Minister László Trócsányi

Secretary General 25 October 2016 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland on Tuesday met the Hungarian Justice Minister, László Trócsányi. Minsiter Trócsányi reported that new legislation had been adopted to provide an effective remedy to victims of prison ovecrowding in line with a pilot judgment (Varga and others) by the European...

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Thorbjørn Jagland: “Congress' thematics are in line with the Council of Europe's priorities”

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities Session 20 October 2016 Strasbourg

“It is very important for the Council of Europe to work with the Congress which represents the grassroots level closest to the people of our member countries”, said Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland in his address to the 31st Session of the Congress on 19 October 2016. He...

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New call for effective national torture watchdogs

Secretary General 13 October 2016 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe has been joined by prominent human rights activists and experts in a call to ensure that national anti-torture bodies function effectively and meet international ambitions. 10 years ago the United Nations Optional Protocol to the Convention against...

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Cyprus: Secretary General Jagland on Official Visit

Secretary General 13 October 2016 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland is meeting with Cypriot government officials on Friday to discuss the upcoming Cypriot chairmanship of the Council of Europe (from 22 November 2016 to 19 May 2017). The chairmanship will address several key human rights issues, from detention of irregular...

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Secretary General’s dialogue with Assembly members

Secretary General 10 October 2016 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland replied to questions from members of the Assembly in a question and answer session during the Assembly’s autumn part-session. During this exchange, PACE members asked Mr Jagland for his reaction to Turkey’s derogation from part of the European...

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Secretary General Jagland discusses media freedom in Turkey with international journalist associations

Secretary General 6 October 2016 Strasbourg

Representatives of the eight partner organisations of the Council of Europe Platform for the Safety of Journalists met with the Council of Europe´s Secretary General, Thorbjørn Jagland, to discuss the possible follow up to the media freedom alerts published on the Platform with regard to Turkey...

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Statement of the Spokesperson of the Secretary General on the death verdict for Siarhei Vostrykau in Belarus

Spokesperson of the Secretary General 5 October 2016 Strasbourg

Yesterday’s decision of the Supreme Court of Belarus to uphold the death verdict for Siarhei Vostrykau is deeply disappointing. We recall the Declaration from the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers on 25 May deploring the death sentence in this case shortly after it was handed down. Death...

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