Secretary General Jagland opens Strasbourg World Forum for Democracy with Jeremy Rifkin

03/11/2014 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland today opened the 2014 World Forum for Democracy with an appeal to engage with young people in order to revive democracy and democratic participation. “Tangible change is in the air. Young people are already transforming many aspects of our...

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Council of Europe Secretary General Jagland calls for full implementation of Minsk Protocol ahead of so-called elections planned in Donetsk and Lugansk

01/11/2014 Strasbourg

With regard to the intention of the self-declared authorities in eastern Ukraine to hold elections on Sunday, Secretary General Jagland recalls the Minsk Protocol of 5 September 2014, signed by representatives of Ukraine, the Russian Federation and the so-called People's Republics of Donetsk and...

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Tunisia’s first post-revolution elections praised by Secretary General Jagland

27/10/2014 Strasbourg

Following this Sunday’s vote in Tunisia for the country’s first post-revolution parliament, Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland issued a statement to “congratulate the people of Tunisia and the Tunisian authorities for the orderly manner in which the first elections of the...

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Secretary General Jagland welcomes Ukrainian poll

26/10/2014 Strasbourg

Secretary General Jagland has welcomed the parliamentary election in Ukraine “Today's election was a clear expression of the Ukrainian people’s desire for peace, democracy and unity of the country. I welcome the steadfast commitment of President Poroshenko and Prime Minister Yatsenyuk to...

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Secretary General Jagland congratulates Jean-Claude Juncker on new Commission

22/10/2014 Strasbourg

"I congratulate Jean-Claude Juncker on the new European Commission. The Council of Europe and the European Union are close partners working together to promote human rights, democracy and the rule of law in a number of joint projects across our continent. I look forward to working with...

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First meeting of Joint Working Group on Human Rights Issues in Azerbaijan

22/10/2014 Strasbourg

Following an agreement between Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland and Azerbaijan's President Aliyev last August, a Joint Working Group on Human Rights Issues composed of some 18 human rights defenders, Members of Parliament and officials of the Presidential Administration met for the first time...

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Secretary General and Irish Foreign Minister Charles Flanagan discuss human rights in Europe

21/10/2014 Strasbourg

Thorbjørn Jagland and Ireland’s Foreign Minister, Charles Flanagan, met in Strasbourg today to discuss the state of human rights in Europe, the situation in Ukraine, Azerbaijan’s chairmanship of the Council of Europe and the Secretary General’s priorities for the next five years. Mr Flanagan also...

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Secretary General and Irish Foreign Minister Charles Flanagan discuss human rights in Europe

21/10/2014 Strasbourg

Thorbjørn Jagland and Ireland’s Foreign Minister, Charles Flanagan, met in Strasbourg today to discuss the state of human rights in Europe, the situation in Ukraine, Azerbaijan’s chairmanship of the Council of Europe and the Secretary General’s priorities for the next five years. Mr Flanagan also...

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Law on IDPs adopted in Ukraine welcome development, good basis for addressing their needs, says Secretary General

20 October 2014 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland made a statement on today’s adoption by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine of the Law on ensuring the rights and freedoms of internally displaced persons in Ukraine: “This is a welcome development,” Jagland said. “The law is a good basis for...

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Secretary General Jagland welcomes adoption of reforms in Ukraine; regrets law on IDPs was not adopted

14 October 2014 Strasbourg

Following today’s vote in Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, made this statement: "I welcome today’s adoption by the Verkhovna Rada of the package of laws related to the reform of prosecution, the fight against corruption and the creation...

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Bosnia and Herzegovina: all citizens should have the right to stand for elections

13 October 2014 Strasbourg

Following the 7th general elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Secretary General Jagland published the following statement: “The voters in Bosnia and Herzegovina have voted to elect their representatives in elections which appear to have been conducted in line with technical standards for free...

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Secretary General Jagland calls on Azerbaijan to release opposition politician Ilgar Mammadov

13 October 2014 Strasbourg

With reference to a recent judgment from the European Court of Human Rights which it declared final today, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, has called on the authorities of Azerbaijan to release jailed opposition politician and commentator Ilgar Mammadov. “The...

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Secretary General meets Belarusian NGOs to discuss human rights, death penalty, work on the ground

1 October 2014 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Secretary General met on 1 October 2014 in Strasbourg with representatives of civil society, media community and academia from Belarus, including the Belarusian Helsinki Committee, the Human Rights Centre “Viasna” and the Belarusian Association of Journalists. They...

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Secretary General Jagland calls on all sides in Ukraine to adhere to ceasefire

1 October 2014 Strasbourg

Reacting to reports of shelling in Donetsk resulting in civilian casualties, the Secretary General said: "The ceasefire that was agreed is essential for a political solution in Ukraine. We call on all sides to stop the killing". Ukraine and the Council of Europe

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Secretary General welcomes Serbia’s move to allow Belgrade Pride event

29 September 2014 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland welcomed on Sunday the Belgrade Pride event: “After three years, Serbian authorities yesterday permitted Belgrade Pride to take place, guaranteeing freedom of assembly and expression for the LGBT community. This is a welcome development and I hope it will...

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Secretary General Jagland welcomes President Poroshenko's reform agenda

26 September 2014 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe welcomes the strategy for reforms in Ukraine announced by President Poroshenko. “Many of the priorities identified in the President’s strategy relate to reforms which the Council of Europe has for many years deemed indispensable. The reform of the...

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Secretary General meets Kyrgyzstan Foreign Minister

25 September 2014

On 25 September the Secretary General met the Kyrgyzstan Foreign Minister at the UN General Assembly in New York. They discussed cooperation between the Council of Europe and Kyrgyzstan and political issues in the Central Asia region. The SG congratulated Kyrgyzstan on its partnership status in...

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Secretary General Jagland welcomes Muslim protests against IS terror

25 September 2014 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, has welcomed initiatives of Muslim associations across Europe protesting against the Islamic State and violent extremism. “The Council of Europe and its member states stand united in their condemnation of the recent barbaric...

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Pope Francis receives Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland

20 September 2014 Vatican City (Holy See)

Pope Francis received Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland today in a private audience. Secretary General Jagland also met with Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin. They focused on the situation in Europe and the relationship between the Council of Europe and the...

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Sports is about health, fairness and integration, says Secretary General Jagland

18 September 2014 Macolin

Addressing the conference of European sports ministers in Switzerland, Thorbjørn Jagland, called on all governments to sign and ratify the new Council of Europe convention against the manipulation of sports competitions. This Convention is a major step forward to promote the integrity of sport...

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