Secretary General concerned about Russian draft constitutional law

28 June 2011 Strasbourg

In an interview to the Russian news agency RIA Novosti, the Secretary General today reacted to the news about a draft constitutional law proposed by the Senator Torshin to the Russian Parliament. The law, if adopted, would allow the Russian Constitutional courts to decide whether the judgments of...

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Thorbjørn Jagland names Council of Europe Special Envoy to Turkey

30 May 2011 Strasbourg

During a press briefing, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland today informed journalists that he has appointed Gérard Stoudmann as his Special Envoy to assess the situation of media freedom in Turkey, following an invitation made by the Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan in April. (more...

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Secretary General welcomes arrest of Ratko Mladic

25 May 2011 Strasbourg

Following the news of the arrest of Ratko Mladic, wanted on charges for war crimes, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland said: "The arrest of Ratko Mladic will help to close a dark chapter in the history of the Balkans. It will open the way for reconciliation in the region, and help all countries...

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Europe must act to end LGBT discrimination, says Secretary General

17 May 2011 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe Group of Eminent Persons noted recently that LGBT persons face deeply rooted prejudice, hostility and widespread discrimination all over Europe, stresses Thorbjørn Jagland in his statement published on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. ''Today, I call...

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Jagland says threat of terrorism remains acute

2 May 2011 Strasbourg

''The news of the death of Osama Bin Laden, confirmed by US President Obama today, is certainly an important step in the international efforts in fighting terrorism. It is of immense symbolic significance. However, as recent events have shown, the threat of terrorism remains acute today and the...

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Council of Europe to send media freedom envoy to Turkey

13 April 2011 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland on 13 April agreed to a proposal of the Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, inviting the Council of Europe to send an envoy to assess the situation of media freedom in Turkey. ''I will send a special representative as...

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Thorbjørn Jagland: Europe must act now to resolve migration crisis

12 April 2011 Strasbourg

In a statement on 12 April, the Secretary General called for improved co-operation to manage the on-going migration flows from northern Africa. "I am concerned about the lack of co-operation in Europe which is endangering respect of human rights. Europe should be co-ordinated, efficient and swift...

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Thorbjørn Jagland reacts to terrorist attack in Minsk

12 April 2011 Strasbourg

"I condemn outright the horrific bomb attack at the October Square metro station in Minsk yesterday, which took the lives of many innocent people and injured many more, and I extend my sympathies to the Belarusian people and to the families of the wounded and dead. Such a cowardly crime against...

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Secretary General supports Congress reform

23 March 2011 Strasbourg

''I support the Congress' orientation on refocusing its priorities to centre on monitoring local and regional democracy, promoting human rights, fostering good democratic governance and responding to major challenges for local and regional communities,'' stated Thorbjørn Jagland on 23 March....

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Secretary General calls Belarus to adopt an immediate moratorium on executions

15 February 2011 Strasbourg

''I am deeply disappointed and concerned by the decision taken on Friday by the Supreme Court of Belarus to confirm yet another death sentence in the country'', said Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland, on 15 February. ''I note the growing debate on abolition of the death...

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Secretary General reacts to blast at Moscow airport

24 January 2011 Strasbourg

''The most recent tragic reminder of the looming and omnipresent terrorist threat happened only a few hours ago at the Moscow airport. Media reports speak of at least thirty persons killed in an explosion apparently caused by a sucide bomber. I should like to use this opportunity to express my...

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Budapest: Thorbjørn Jagland meets János Martonyi

14 January 2011 Budapest

The Secretary General made a working visit to Hungary on 14 January, where he met Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs János Martonyi, representing the EU Presidency. They discussed, among other things, progress in EU accession to the European Convention on Human Rights, Roma and cultural...

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