Parliamentary Assembly

Presidential election in Azerbaijan: joint statement by PACE and EP delegations

10/10/2013 Strasbourg

Election observation delegations of Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the European Parliament were invited by the Azeri authorities to observe the Presidential election held on 9 October 2013. The delegations congratulated the people of Azerbaijan on the peaceful campaign and...

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Council of Europe and European Union

European Day against Death Penalty: joint Council of Europe/EU declaration

10/10/2013 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, and the European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, have issued a joint declaration to mark the 7th European Day against the Death Penalty (10 October). In the declaration,...

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Jagland: disappointed and alarmed by discriminatory actions and stigmatising words against Roma

26 September 2013 Strasbourg

Responding to the current discussion about Roma in France, Sweden and other European countries, the Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland, issued the following statement: "I am disappointed and alarmed to see that discriminatory actions and stigmatising words are again being used against Roma...

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Secretary General visits Poland, speaks at conference on hate speech in political discourse

18-19 September 2013 Warsaw

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe is in Warsaw for meetings with Polish President Bronisław Komorowski, Marshal of the Sejm, Ewa Kopacz, and Piotr Wach, Vice-President of the Polish Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Together with Minister Michał Boni,...

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Secretary General Jagland condemns murder of Pavlos Fyssas, supports rapid investigation of Golden Dawn

19 September 2013 Strasbourg

The Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland condemned the murder of rapper Pavlos Fyssas and expressed his support to the Greek government rapid investigation of "Golden Dawn's'' involvement: ‘'This murder stems from an extremely dangerous development we are seeing in Greece and also other parts of...

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Jagland on European Action Day for Victims of Hate Crime: “22 July cannot be forgotten”

22 July 2013 Strasbourg

"22nd of July is a painful day of memory for Norway and for all of Europe. This day cannot be forgotten", underlined Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, on the commemoration of Oslo and Utøya attacks in 2011. The date marks European Action Day for Victims of Hate Crime...

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Secretary General asks Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg to support no hate speech movement

12 July, 2013 Strasbourg

In his letter – below – Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland asks for Mr. Zuckerberg's support to fight hate speech against Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who survived a gunshot by the Taliban and is still facing threats against her life. She marks her 16th birthday today by delivering...

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Secretary General Jagland’s comments on his meeting with Nicolae Timofti, President of the Republic of Moldova

2 July 2013 Strasbourg

"I was very pleased to have met today Nicolae Timofti, the President of the Republic of Moldova. The expectations of Moldova's partners and friends are high and the President bears the challenging responsibility of consensus-building and bridging the divisions running deep in Moldovan society. We...

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Secretary General's visit to Turkey

25 June 2013 Ankara

On 25 June Secretary General Jagland met in Ankara with Prime Minister Erdogan, Foreign Minister Davutoğlu, Justice Minister Ergin, Interior Minister Güler and the Minister for Family and Social Affairs, Ms. Şahin, as well as with the Turkish Ombudsman, Mr. Ömeroğlu. The main topics of discussion...

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Official visit to Malta

17 June 2013

In his meetings with Prime Minister Muscat, Foreign Minister Vella and Home Affairs Minister Mallia, the Secretary General commended Malta for its on-going judicial reforms and recent anti-discrimination legislation. Regarding the Council of Europe's neighbourhood policy, Foreign Minister Vella...

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Statement of Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland on recent developments in Turkey

16 June 2013 Strasbourg

"I continue to follow the developments in Turkey very closely. I call on all parties to continue the dialogue. Any further escalation of violence must be prevented. I believe it is important to recall the legally binding standards set by the European Convention on Human Rights regarding the...

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Statement by Secretary General on legislation in Russian Duma prohibiting "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations" among minors

12 June 2013 Strasbourg

"The Upper House of the Russian Parliament should not approve the draft law prohibiting the ‘propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations' among minors," said Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland in a statement today. "This law clearly affects some of the most important principles in the...

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Secretary General urges Turkish media to provide full and accurate coverage of protests

3 June 2013

In an interview with the Turkish daily newspaper Hürriyet the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjorn Jagland, commented on the situation in Turkey and the role of government and media. Following the interview he made this statement: "I take note of the fact that the Turkish...

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Statement of the Secretary General on the vote of confidence in the Moldovan Parliament

30 May 2013 Strasbourg

Secretary General, Thorbjørn Jagland, made the following statement on the vote of confidence in the Moldovan Parliament: "I take note of today's vote of confidence in the Moldovan Parliament for the Government of Prime Minister Leanca. I hope the formation of the new Government will bring Moldova...

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Secretary General Jagland meets Russian President Putin

20 May 2013 Russian Federation

On 20 May 2013, Secretary General Jagland met Russian President Putin and Foreign Minister Lavrov in the Russian city of Sochi, the host city of the 2014 Winter Olympics. An immediate outcome of the talks was an agreement to transform the existing Council of Europe presence to a programme office...

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Secretary General meets new Chief Ombudsman of Turkey

14 May 2013 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland today met in the Strasbourg headquarters of the Council of Europe, the Chief Ombudsman of Turkey, Mehmet Nihat Ömeroğlu, who was appointed to this post in November 2012. The Ombudsman institution in Turkey has been established to monitor the actions and...

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Council of Europe on terrorist attack in Turkey

13 May 2013 Strasbourg

Following the car bombings which caused the death of over forty persons in the Turkish city of Reyhanlı, near the Syrian border, Thorbjørn Jagland sent a message of condolences to Turkish authorities and people, in which he assured them of the Organisation's support and solidarity. Letter by the...

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Secretary General visits Ireland

30 April 2013 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, is paying an official visit to Ireland from 2 to 5 May 2013. During his visit, the Secretary General is meeting the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, Foreign Minister Eamon Gilmore and Justice & Defence Minister Alan...

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Secretary General Jagland on World Press Freedom Day: "European governments must guarantee media freedom as an essential condition for democracy"

30 April 2013 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland has urged governments to fully respect the right to freedom of expression and to a free press. He warned that journalists still face oppression and censorship in parts of Europe today. "True democracy only exists when journalists can work...

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Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland on the death of Karol Jakubowicz

29 April 2013 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland expressed his sadness over the death, on 28 April, of prominent journalist and proffessor Karol Jakubowicz. "Yesterday we lost a privileged mind, a man with vision and profound knowledge, the capacity to see beyond. During the last decades Karol Jakubowicz made...

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