Statement by the Secretary General on the Protocol sent by the Russian Justice Ministry to "Memorial"

Secretary General 12 November 2015 Strasbourg

"I am very concerned by the recent Protocol sent by the Russian Justice Ministry to one of the most respected and well-known Human Rights Organisations 'Memorial' notifying that, by its activities, Memorial is undermining the constitutional order and is calling for a "change of regime". These...

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Death of Helmut Schmidt: Statement by the Secretary General

Secretary General 10 November 2015 Strasbourg

“Helmut Schmidt combined the best qualities of a true patriot and convinced internationalist”

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Secretary General expresses condolences over Russian airliner crash

Secretary General 31 October 2015 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland has issued this statement: "I was devastated to hear of the fatal crash of a Russian airliner in central Sinai today. This is a terrible loss to our member State the Russian Federation. I extend my sincere condolences to all who have lost...

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General elections in Turkey: statement by the Secretary General

Secretary General 2 November 2015 Strasbourg

"I have written to congratulate Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu after yesterday's election with a strong voter turnout. I trust when the new government is formed it will take the initiative to tackle the many challenges facing Turkey today and to build an inclusive society embracing all those who...

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Secretary General condemns desecration of Jewish and Muslim cemeteries in Austria

Secretary General 19 October 2015 Strasbourg

Thorbjørn Jagland condemns defilement of Jewish and Muslim cemeteries with Nazi symbols and anti-migrant slogans in western Austria

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Secretary General visits Bulgaria prior to Council of Europe Chairmanship

Secretary General 12 October 2015 Sofia

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland is paying an official visit to Bulgaria on 12 October to hold meetings with the President of the Republic, Rosen Plevneliev, the President of the National Assembly Tsetska Tsacheva, the Prime Minister, Boyko Borissov, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Daniel...

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Secretary General condemns attack in Ankara

Secretary General 10 October 2015 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General condemns attack on demonstration in Ankara

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Death Penalty Day

Council of Europe 9 October 2015 Strasbourg

Europe underlines its firm opposition to capital punishment

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Council of Europe leaves Azerbaijan human rights working group

Secretary General 7 October 2015 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, today informed the Committee of Ministers of his decision to withdraw the Council’s participation in the joint working group on human rights issues in Azerbaijan. Since October 2014, a Council of Europe representative had been...

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Protecting investigative journalism

Secretary General 2 October 2015 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Jagland in Norway for conference on investigative journalism on 8 October

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Secretary General Jagland condemns attack on Hürriyet journalist Ahmet Hakan

Secretary General 1 October 2015 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland released the following statement today: “I strongly condemn the brutal attack yesterday night on Hürriyet journalist Ahmet Hakan who has been under threat for some time. The repeated attacks on journalists in Turkey have a chilling...

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Secretary General's dialogue with Assembly members

Secretary General 28 September 2015 Starsbourg

Thorbjørn Jagland replied to the questions put to him by members of the Parliamentary Assembly during a questions and answer session during the Assembly's autumn session. During the exchange, which was dominated by the migration crisis, Mr Jagland underlined the importance of placing all those...

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Secretary General Jagland meets Foreign Minister Schetyna of Poland

Secretary General 25 September 2015 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland today met in Warsaw with and Foreign Minister of Poland Grzegorz Schetyna. Topics of discussion included the human rights of refugees, the situation in Ukraine and Poland’s relations with the Council of Europe.

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Statement by the Spokesperson of the Secretary General on Ukraine's sanctions against media

Secretary General 17 September 2015 Strasbourg

We are working with Ukraine to promote democratic reforms. Freedom of expression and of the media is a fundamental right. Ukraine should therefore reconsider its sanctions against media.

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Secretary General on official visit to Finland

Secretary General 16 September 2015 Helsinki

Meetings with the Foreign Minister Timo Soini and President Sauli Niinistö

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Secretary General meets Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström

Secretary General 16 September 2015 Stockholm

Today Thorbjørn Jagland met the Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström and participated in an International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance event in Stockholm. Topics of discussion included Europe's migration challenge, the situation in Ukraine and Sweden's support to the...

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European Roma Institute will spread understanding of Roma culture and challenge stereotypes

Secretary General 15 September 2015 Strasbourg

Council of Europe member States have approved a proposal for the creation of a new European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture. Council of Europe Secretary General Jagland issued the following statement: “The Council of Europe wants to help celebrate the contribution of Roma art, history, and...

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Secretary General questions Hungary over human rights

Secretary General 15 September 2015 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland will write to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán about new legislation adopted in the context of the migration crisis. “I am concerned about a series of recent amendments to legislation in Hungary which will, among other things, allow the Government to...

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UN International Day of Democracy: statement by the Secretary General

Secretary General 15 September 2015 Strasbourg

NGOs under threat: civil society needs free voices to ensure democratic security “Too many NGOs in Europe and around the world are being disenfranchised and dispossessed. Some governments place them on watch lists, restrict access to their funding or even dismantle their offices, simply because...

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Refugee crisis: Council of Europe reminds states of respect for human rights of all

Secretary General 9 September 2015 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland has issued guidance to the Council of Europe’s 47 member States on the treatment of migrants and asylum seekers, including with regard to their reception and temporary living conditions, to ensure respect for their human rights. “The ongoing migrant crisis is...

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