Europe must not move backwards on LGBT rights

15 May 2012 Strasbourg

Thorbjørn Jagland has warned that discrimination and prejudice against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people continues to blight the lives of millions of Europeans and cannot be left unanswered. In a statement issued today he said: "LGBT people still face intolerant attitudes and social...

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Statement by Thorbjørn Jagland on hunger strikers

13 April 2012 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe today issued the following statement: "The hunger strikes in Turkey and Strasbourg have been going on for several weeks and I am deeply concerned about the women and men who are putting their health and lives at risk. Their action also creates...

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Council of Europe Secretary General calls on Syria to comply with peace plan

9 April 2012 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland today issued the following statement: "The attack by Syrian forces on a refugee camp inside the Turkish border is a blatant violation of international law. It is deeply worrying that the Syrian regime is escalating the conflict at a time when the international...

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Secretary General Jagland and Commissioner Füle sign the Programme for strengthening democratic reform in the Southern Mediterranean

17 January 2012 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland and European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle today signed a € 4.8 million joint programme to strengthen democratic reform in the Southern Mediterranean countries. The joint programme will support democratic reforms...

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