Only in Europe have we taken seriously the Universal declaration of Human rights

5 November 2010 (''Toute l'Europe'')

Toute l'Europe: As you know, yesterday was the sixtieth anniversary of the signing of the European Convention of Human Rights. What happened during these 60 years, what results did it manage to achieve? What remains to be done? Thorbjørn Jagland: The implementation of the Convention is ensured by...

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Banning the burqa compromises the very principles that we value

7 July 2010 (''The Independent'')

No woman should be forced to wear religious apparel by her community or family. Nobody should be forced to go to any kind of house of prayer. We say no to oppressive doctrines or laws which limit the freedom of individuals. The European Convention on Human Rights is the basis for our rights and...

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Finally One Europe without dividing lines?

30 August 2010 (''New Europe'')

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe outlines the progressive accession of the European Union to the European Convention of Human Rights, it may still take a while 1950-2010: sixty years of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms in Europe. This year we celebrate the 60th birthday of the...

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Spectres of inhumanity

29 June 2010 (''The Guardian'')

New hatreds are surfacing in Europe. The economic crisis cannot be an excuse to walk over human rights Europe's human rights landscape is about to change. The accession of the EU to the European convention on human rights, made possible by the Lisbon treaty, will complete a cycle begun at the end...

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We must look deeper for Europe's future

4 July 2010 (''New Europe'')

Europe's human rights landscape is about to change. The accession of the European Union to the European Convention of Human Rights, made possible by the Lisbon Treaty, will complete a cycle begun at the end of the second world war when human rights visionaries, such as French lawyer and Nobel...

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Discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity should be consigned to the pages of history!

17 May 2010 / 31 May 2010 (''Metro magazine'', Poland; ''Têtu'', France / ''New Europe'')

17 May marks the International Day against Homophobia. Europe has seen important progress in addressing the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. But there is more to be done. In March, the representatives of the 47 member countries of the oldest European organisation,...

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65 years of humanity and a new Europe

11 May 2010 (''Kommersant'')

By Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe I would like to use the opportunity of the 65th anniversary of the Victory in Europe day to express the deepest gratitude to the soldiers and people of the then Soviet Union for their sacrifice and heroism. They made a decisive...

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Europe speaks back

29 mars 2010 (''Time'') version anglaise

Europe is hardly shrinking. The European project is far from perfect and the E.U. currently faces many challenges, from bolstering the euro, to creating a stronger presence in the international political arena. But I take issue with the article's premise that Europe is absent from the world stage...

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Europe must defend free expression

3 May 2010 / 10 May 2010 (''The Guardian''/''New Europe')

The fate of imprisoned editor Eynulla Fatullayev is a matter of grave concern. He has been jailed for three years on dubious charges by the Azerbaijani authorities. He is an award-winning journalist who was just doing his job. The European Court of Human Rights decided last month that he should...

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