Minister Orlando welcomed the recent reforms of the Council of Europe and its good co-operation with Italy

5 June 2014 Strasbourg

In Rome, the Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland had a very constructive meeting with Italian Minister of Justice, Andrea Orlando, and members of the cross-party delegation to their Parliamentary Assembly. He welcomed the recent efforts Italy has undertaken to reform its justice system, notably...

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Secretary General Jagland attends “Solidarity Prize” ceremony in Warsaw

3 June 2014 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland is in Warsaw today, taking part in the award ceremony of the first “Solidarity Prize” of the Republic of Poland. The winner of the prize, Mustafa Dzhemilev, Leader of the Crimean Tatars, will receive his prize from President Bronisław Komorowski. “I am truly...

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Secretary General and Ukraine’s President Poroshenko discuss Council of Europe’s role in constitutional reforms

30 May 2014 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland had a constructive telephone conversation with Petro Poroshenko yesterday. He congratulated the president again personally on his election. It is a good sign that he won in the first round, Secretary General said. President Poroshenko invited Mr. Jagland to his...

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Secretary General meets President Basescu and political leaders in Romania

28 May 2014 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland is in Bucharest on Thursday 29 May to meet with President Traian Basescu, Minister for Foreign Affairs Titus Corlatean and the President of the Chamber of the Deputies Valeriu Zgonea. Mr. Jagland is also meeting with the Romanian delegation to the Parliamentary...

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Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland makes a working visit to Madrid

27 May 2014 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland is in Madrid today, where he met with José Manuel García-Margallo, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Co-operation of Spain. They discussed relations between Spain and the Council of Europe, a report on the state of human rights, democracy and the rule of law in...

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Secretary General Jagland congratulates Ukrainian people and Petro Poroshenko on Presidential election

25 May 2014 Strasbourg

On Sunday evening, Secretary General issued a statement on the Ukrainian Presidential election: "I congratulate the Ukrainian people on the election of their new President and Petro Poroshenko on winning their support in the first round. This clear mandate should be an important step towards...

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Secretary General launches Council of Europe Action Plan for Azerbaijan

20 May 2014 Strasbourg

The “Action Plan for Azerbaijan 2014-2016” was today launched in Baku by Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland and Fikrat Mammadov, Minister of Justice of Azerbaijan. The Action Plan adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 16 April, is a tool designed for assisting Azerbaijan in its efforts to...

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Secretary General Jagland to address human rights violations in Azerbaijan

19 May 2014 Strasbourg

During a two-day visit to Azerbaijan on 20-21 May Secretary General Jagland will address the issue of human rights violations with President Aliyev and senior members of government. The Secretary General will request the release of Ilgar Mammadov, a well-known opposition and human rights activist...

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LGBT rights are human rights, not special rights

16 May 2014 Strasbourg

In an interview with the Associated Press about the International Day Against Homophobia, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland says that he is “optimistic” about Europe “going in the right direction” on discrimination against LGBT people. He praised the victory of Conchita Wurst in this year’s...

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Secretary General Jagland urges Belarus to adopt moratorium on death penalty

15 May 2014 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland today expressed his dismay at reports of what appears to be the second execution in Belarus this year. Condemning the continuing practice of executions he said: “I urge Belarus to adopt a formal moratorium on executions as a first step towards abolition of the...

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International Advisory Panel on Ukraine to seek information from the authorities and NGOs, in preparation for its first working meetings in Kyiv

7 May 2014 Strasbourg

The second working session of the International Advisory Panel (IAP) on Ukraine took place at the Palais de l'Europe, Strasbourg from 5 to 7 May 2014. In accordance with its mandate, the IAP will oversee the investigations of the violent incidents related to the Maidan demonstrations in Kyiv from...

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OSCE military observers released in joint human rights mission with Secretary General Jagland

3 May 2014 Strasbourg

The OSCE international military observers previously held in Slovyansk were handed over to Council of Europe Secretary General Jagland this morning by Vladimir Lukin, former human rights ombudsman of Russia, at a checkpoint on the boundary of the city. Mr Jagland and Mr Lukin had agreed to travel...

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Kiev: Secretary General Jagland and Austrian Foreign Minister Kurz meet with Prime Minister Yatsenyuk and Foreign Minister Deshchytsia

30 April 2014 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland and Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz are in Kiev today for talks about the situation in Ukraine, and in particular eastern Ukraine. Meetings are scheduled with Prime Minister Yatsenyuk and Foreign Minister Deshchytsia, among others....

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Europe takes major step forward to protect women’s rights, says Secretary General Jagland

23 April 2014 Strasbourg

As Andorra became the 10th country to ratify the Council of Europe's Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, the treaty – which required 10 ratifications to enter into force – will become applicable on 1 August this year. In a statement today, Council...

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Secretary General Jagland welcomes Geneva agreement on Ukraine, supports inclusive constitutional reform process

17 April 2014 Strasbourg

Statement of Secretary General Jagland on the Geneva agreement of the European Union, the United States, Ukraine and the Russian Federation: "The Council of Europe welcomes the Geneva agreement on Ukraine. All parties should now refrain from violence and engage in political negotiations about the...

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Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland: “Europe in biggest human rights crisis since Cold War”

16 April 2014 Strasbourg

Serious human rights violations including corruption, human trafficking, racism and discrimination persist across Europe, according to a new report by Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland. Unemployment and poverty in many countries are nurturing extremism and conflicts. The report represents the...

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International Advisory Panel on Ukraine concludes first working session

15 April 2014 Strasbourg

The first working session of the International Advisory Panel on Ukraine took place at the Palais de l'Europe, Strasbourg, from 9 to 11 April 2014. The International Advisory Panel (IAP) was initiated in December 2013 by Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland. With the appointment of its Members,...

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Secretary General Jagland statement on Ukraine clashes

13 April 2014 Strasbourg

Reacting to the situation in Ukraine, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland released the following statement: "I am deeply concerned by reports of violent clashes in Ukraine today. I call on all parties in Ukraine to refrain from violence and to engage in political negotiations about the future of...

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Integration of Roma in towns and cities remains one of Europe’s biggest challenges

7 April 2014 Strasbourg

On the occasion of the International Day of Roma, 8 April, the Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland released the following statement: "International Roma Day should remind us of the Roma people's rich contribution to European culture. [...] However, the sad reality is that most of Europe's ten...

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