Turkey: Protecting democracy and human rights

Secretary General 22 July 2016 Strasbourg

Statement by the Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland

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Secretary General receives notification from Turkey of its intention to temporarily suspend part of the European Convention on Human Rights

Secretary General 21 July 2016 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, has been informed by the Turkish authorities that Turkey will notify its derogation from the European Convention on Human Rights under the Convention’s Article 15. The possibility of a derogation is foreseen by Article 15 of the...

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Ahead of the fifth anniversary of Utøya tragedy, Secretary General calls for robust response to hate crime

Secretary General 21 July 2016 Strasbourg

"Five years after the Oslo attacks and the Utøya massacre that claimed 77 lives on 22 July 2011, hate-driven violence remains a challenge for European society and governments today", said Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland, calling for a determined response to hate crime....

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Statement on the murder of Pavlo Sheremet

Spokesperson of the Secretary General 20 July 2016 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe strongly condemns the appalling murder of journalist Pavlo Sheremet in Kyiv today. He calls on the Ukrainian authorities and law-enforcement agencies to quickly and effectively investigate this crime as an important message to society that...

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Coup attempt in Turkey

Secretary General 15 July 2016 Strasbourg

Statement by Secretary General

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Secretary General Jagland condemns the horrific terrorist attack in Nice

Secretary General 15 July 2016 Strasbourg

“On 14 July, the day when France and the world celebrate the birth of the French Republic, when the call to ‘liberté, égalité, fraternité’ rings in the hearts of all democrats, the host nation of the Council of Europe has been the scene of another murderous attack. Our Organisation stands...

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Statement by Secretary General Jagland on adoption by Sejm of Poland of draft Act on Constitutional Tribunal

Secretary General 8 July 2016 Strasbourg

“The draft Act on the Constitutional Tribunal was adopted yesterday at its second reading in the lower Chamber of the Polish Parliament (Sejm). I will ask the Venice Commission to rapidly examine whether this Act follows its Opinion provided in March 2016. I would urge the Senate, and the Sejm at...

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“No means No”: Secretary General welcomes German legislation to end violence against women

Secretary General 7 July 2016 Strasbourg

"I welcome today’s vote in the German parliament to pass the so-called No means No law, which brings Germany in line with our convention to end violence against women," said Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland. "Rape cannot be limited to just physical assault," he said of the...

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Secretary General Jagland in Berlin for talks with Foreign Minister Steinmeier

Secretary General 5 July 2016 Berlin

Thorbjørn Jagland met with German foreign minister Steinmeier on Tuesday in Berlin. Topics of discussion included human rights in Europe, the role of the European Convention on Human Rights and the situation in Ukraine, Turkey and Azerbaijan. They also discussed the European Roma Institute for...

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Secretary General Jagland in Berlin for talks with Foreign Minister Steinmeier

Secretary General 4 July 2016 Strasbourg

Thorbjørn Jagland will be in Berlin for talks with German foreign minister Steinmeier on Tuesday. Topics of discussion will include human rights in Europe, migration and the situation in Ukraine and Turkey, as well as the consequences of the UK referendum. Mr Jagland will give a speech entitled...

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Security and safety in stadiums: fourteen countries pave the way for implementation of the new Council of Europe Convention

Council of Europe 3 July 2016 Paris

The Council of Europe Convention on an integrated safety, security and service approach at football matches and other sports events was opened for signature today at a ceremony held at the Stade de France, in the presence of several European ministers. The Convention was signed by 14 States:...

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Statement of Secretary General Jagland on Michel Rocard

Secretary General 4 July 2016 Strasbourg

"Michel Rocard was one of the most outstanding French social democrats, a true European, defending common values and principles".

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Statement of Secretary General Jagland on Elie Wiesel

Secretary General 4 July 2016 Strasbourg

"Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel will always remain in our memories as a fervent human rights defender. He embodied our common cause to "never again" witness the horrors of Nazism and the Holocaust. We have lost a great humanist, recognised worldwide for his fight against racism, violence and...

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Secretary General Jagland meets representatives of terrorism victims groups

Secretary General 30 June 2016 Strasbourg

“Today, I had a very fruitful exchange of views with associations representing victims of terrorist acts” explained Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland. “Mr Dag André Anderssen, Vice President of the Norwegian support group after the 22 of July, Ms Lisbeth Røyneland, Chairwoman of the Norwegian...

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Istanbul: Council of Europe Secretary General Jagland condemns terrorist attacks

Secretary General 29 June 2016 Strasbourg

On Wednesday Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland made the following statement: “Our member state Turkey has suffered another horrific terrorist attack. Once again so many innocent people have been killed and hurt on European soil. All Council of Europe member states must stand together in the...

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Statement by Secretary General Jagland on the UK referendum

Secretary General 24 June 2016 Strasbourg

“The democratic decision in this referendum must be respected. The best way forward now is for the EU, in accordance with its best traditions, to work together with the UK government to obtain the most acceptable outcome for the citizens of the UK and Europe. Everybody should now focus on what...

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Towards a global moratorium on capital punishment

Secretary General 23 June 2016 Strasbourg

Secretary General addresses the World Congress on the Death Penalty

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Secretary General’s dialogue with Assembly members

Secretary General 21 June 2016 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland replied to questions from members of the Assembly in a question and answer session during the Assembly’s summer part-session. During this exchange, PACE members asked Mr Jagland for his reaction to the lifting of immunity from prosecution of...

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World Refugee Day: Council of Europe head calls for renewed effort to protect migrant children from sexual abuse

Secretary General 17 June 2016 Strasbourg

Ahead of World Refugee Day, Secretary General called on Europe’s governments to make protection of migrant and asylum-seeking minors against sexual abuse a top priority. “Child protection is a moral duty and legal obligation for all European states. Last year, an estimated 300,000 migrant and...

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International data protection conference: Mauritius joins “Convention 108”

Council of Europe 17 June 2016 Strasbourg

The Republic of Mauritius today became the second non-European state – after Uruguay in 2013 – to ratify the Convention for the protection of individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data, also known as “Convention 108”, and its Additional Protocol, taking the total number of...

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