Human Rights Day: ''We must strengthen tolerance as an essential value in Europe to protect human rights''

10 December 2010 Strasbourg

Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, condemns the hanging of 40 year old Shahla Jahed in Tehran on 1st December.''I am dismayed by this latest execution in Iran and also by the inhumane way in which it was carried out. Once again we see that the regime in Iran has little...

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Secretary General condemns hanging of Shahla Jahed

1st December 2010 Strasbourg

Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, condemns the hanging of 40 year old Shahla Jahed in Tehran on 1st December.''I am dismayed by this latest execution in Iran and also by the inhumane way in which it was carried out. Once again we see that the regime in Iran has little...

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Thorbjørn Jagland welcomes the release of Aung San Suu Kyi

13 November 2010 Strasbourg

''I welcome the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, the pro-democracy leader and Nobel prize winner, by the Burmese military authorities. This is a day of joy for her and her family as well as for the people of Burma'' said Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland. ''This is also an important day for human...

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Forum for the Future of Democracy

21 October 2010 Yerevan

''Deep security'' and freedom of expression are the basis of democracy (more...)

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10 October: European Day against Death Penalty

8 October 2010 Strasbourg

Joint Council of Europe / European Union declaration To mark the European Day against the Death Penalty and the World Day against the Death Penalty, Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe and Baroness Catherine Ashton, Vice President of the European Commission and EU High...

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Thorbjørn Jagland welcomes outcome of referendum on Turkish constitution

13 September 2010 Strasbourg

Secretary General of the Council of Europe welcomes the positive outcome of yesterday's referendum on the amendments to the Turkish constitution as a significant step in Turkey's further democratic development. ''The constitutional reform which was approved yesterday by the Turkish citizens is an...

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Thorbjørn Jagland expresses concern about conviction of Azerbaijani journalist Eynulla Fatullayev - Statement by the Secretary General

7 July 2010 Strasbourg

The Secretary General expressed his concern about reports that the journalist Eynulla Fatullayev has been found guilty of the charges of drug possession and sentenced to an additional 2 ½ years of imprisonment. In April of this year, the Court of Human Rights ruled that there had been violations...

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International Day in Support of the Victims of Torture

26 June 2010 Strasbourg

Thorbjørn Jagland: ''States must comply with Court´s measures to prevent cases of torture'' On the occasion of the International Day in Support of the Victims of Torture on 26 June, the Secretary General stressed that the absolute prohibition of torture and ill-treatment is one of the most...

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Thorbjørn Jagland reacts to Mustapha Labsi's extradition - Statement by the Secretary General

29 April 2010 Strasbourg

Following the decision of the Slovak authorities to extradite Mustapha Labsi, an Algerian national, to Algeria on 19 April in spite of the request from the European Court of Human Rights not to do so, the Secretary General on 29 April declared: ''It is essential that measures taken by the Court,...

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Thorbjørn Jagland: ''The public has a right to know what Internet content is being removed''

21 April 2010 Strasbourg

The Secretary General welcomed on 21 April the initiative by Google to release data concerning requests to remove or censor content: ''The public has a right to know what their governments are requesting to remove from the Internet. Transparency is essential in order to protect freedom of...

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