Council of Europe and amusement park association issue joint statement against intolerance

31 October 2012 Strasbourg

Roland Mack, chairman of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia (USA) and Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland issued a joint statement today against racism and discrimination. The Secretary General welcomed...

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Secretary General Jagland visits Spain

22 October 2012 Spain

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland was in Madrid on 23 October, to attend the ceremony of the VIII Award to the most outstanding work in the eradication of domestic and gender violence. The award is granted every year by the Observatory against domestic violence, which is...

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Secretary General Jagland visits Germany

16 October 2012 Berlin

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland was in Berlin on Tuesday for meetings with German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle and the Head of the Federal Chancellery, Minister Ronald Pofalla. He also paid a courtesy visit to Chancellor Angela Merkel. Talks focused on the human rights situation in...

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Thorbjørn Jagland: "Democracy is a guarantor of progress and prosperity"

8 October 2012 Strasbourg

Democracy as a system that enshrines universal values. Democracy as an agent of peace. Democracy as a guarantor of progress and prosperity. Council of Europe Secretary General today opened the Strasbourg World Forum for Democracy, highlighting the unique role of democracy around the globe. "Our...

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Secretary General warns of the risk of the Syrian conflict spreading in the region

4 October 2012 Strasbourg

Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, issued today the following statement: "I am extremely concerned about the violence on the Turkish-Syrian border yesterday. The loss of lives in a member state of the Council of Europe is deplorable, and illustrates the risk of the...

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Secretary General Jagland "surprised and disappointed" about ban of "Belgrade Pride"

3 October 2012 Strasbourg

Responding to the ban of the Belgrade Pride 2012 event, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe issued the following statement: "I am surprised and disappointed that the Belgrade Pride event has been banned again. Citizens should be able to exercise their rights of freedom of assembly and...

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Secretary General Jagland calls for a constructive handover of government after the elections in Georgia,

3 October 2012 Strasbourg

Secretary General Jagland today issued the following statement on the results of the Georgian elections: "The successful completion of open and competitive elections, recognised as democratic by the international observers including members of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly, should...

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Thorbjørn Jagland: Laws on defamation must not unjustly restrict freedom of expression

2 October 2012 Strasbourg

Responding to today's vote in the Ukrainian Parliament the Secretary General issued the following statement : "I welcome that the draft law criminalising defamation has been withdrawn from the procedure in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. Defamation is a legitimate concern, but criminal sanctions...

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"Re-criminalising defamation in Ukraine would be a step backwards"

21 September 2012 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland today issued the following statement: " The Ukrainian Rada voted in first reading in favour of a law re-criminalising defamation. Ukraine has a vibrant media sector, but the mere threat of prosecution may create a chilling effect,...

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Thorbjørn Jagland meets Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders

11 September 2012 Strasbourg

The Secretary General met Didier Reynders, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and European Affairs of Belgium. The meeting focussed on the co-operation between the Council of Europe and Belgium, the future Belgian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the...

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Secretary General Jagland: “Making a hero out of a murder convict is unacceptable”

4 September 2012 Strasbourg

In a statement today the Council of Europe's Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland said that murder - such as that committed by Ramil Safarov – cannot be glorified. "Ramil Safarov was convicted for murder and sentenced to life imprisonment in Hungary. On August 31, he was transferred to Azerbaijan,...

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Joint statement by Commissioner Füle and Secretary General Jagland on Bosnia and Herzegovina

4 September 2012 Strasbourg

Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle and Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland today made the following statement on the Road Map for Bosnia and Herzegovina's EU membership application and the execution of the European Court of Human...

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Thorbjørn Jagland encourages Romanian politicians to co-operate after decision of Constitutional Court

28 August 2012 Strasbourg

Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland said in a statement this morning: "I welcome the implementation of the decision of the Constitutional Court of Romania on 21 August, allowing President Basescu to return to office. It sends a clear signal that the rule of law has...

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Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland welcomes French meeting on Roma

21 August 2012 Strasbourg

"Wednesday's meeting announced by the French government on Roma is a welcome step towards finding long-lasting solutions. The Council of Europe has consistently stressed the need to go beyond short-term measures. Simply moving Roma families around within or between states merely worsens their...

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Secretary General condemns terrorist attack in Bulgaria

19 July 2012 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland today strongly condemned the terrorist attack against Israeli tourists in the Bulgarian city of Burgas. He extended his profound sympathies to the families and loved-ones of the victims and indeed to all those who suffered injuries in the attack. "Terrorism is...

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Secretary General meets Irish Tánaiste

4 July 2012 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland met with Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland. Discussions between Mr Jagland and Mr Gilmore focused on reform of the Council of Europe, and the Tánaiste's Chairmanship in Office of the OSCE,...

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Secretary General receives Bernard Cazeneuve, French Minister for European Affairs

2 July 2012 Strasbourg

Thorbjørn Jagland today welcomed Bernard Cazeneuve on his first visit to the Council of Europe. Topics covered included the reform of the Organisation, accession of the European Union to the European Convention on Human Rights and the Strasbourg World Forum for Democracy. Minister Cazeneuve...

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Thorbjørn Jagland in official visit to Budapest

28 June 2012 Budapest

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland opened the Conference on Democracy and Human Rights - Remembering Raoul Wallenberg, and held high-level bilateral meetings.

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Council of Europe and European Union to increase efforts to fight corruption

13 June 2012 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland met with the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, for a working dinner Tuesday evening in Strasbourg. Discussions focused on increasing co-operation between the Council of Europe and the European Union, including in the field of both...

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Secretary General appeals to all parties in Russia to uphold right to peaceful demonstration

11 June 2012 Strasbourg

Responding to reports of police searches at the homes of several activists ahead of a major demonstration in Moscow, the Secretary General said in a statement on Monday: "The Council of Europe is following closely how the right to freedom of assembly is currently being exercised in the Russian...

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