Internet: Web addresses promoting sex crimes against children must be stopped

Secretary General 10 June 2016 Strasbourg

Governments and internet bodies must prevent web addresses being registered which openly refer to child sexual abuse, according to the Secretary General of the 47-nation Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland. Speaking at the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG 2016) in Brussels,...

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Secretary General Jagland at the OSCE: When politics stall, the human rights convention moves us forward

Secretary General 9 June 2016 Vienna (Austria)

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland, in his address to the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna, highlighted the value of the European Convention on Human Rights and called on the 57 OSCE participating States to “put these shared standards and common laws at the heart of our...

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Secretary General welcomes the adoption of Norwegian law on legal gender recognition

Secretary General 7 June 2016 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland made the following statement following the adoption of a new law on legal gender recognition in Norway: “Yesterday the Norwegian Parliament adopted a new law on legal gender recognition based on self-determination. Norway becomes the fourth Council of Europe...

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Statement of Secretary General Jagland on the terrorist attack in Istanbul today

Secretary General 7 June 2016 Strasbourg

"Again a deadly attack in Istanbul has killed and injured so many innocent people in the nation's largest city. I am devastated by the news and cannot but repeat that these ruthless attacks are attacks on our values - on us all. I express my deepest sympathy and condolences to the families, the...

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Secretary General meets Georgian President

Secretary General 6 June 2016 Strasbourg

On 6 June 2016, Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland met in Strasbourg Giorgi Margvelashvili, President of Georgia. The meeting focused on the situation in the country in the run-up to the parliamentary elections scheduled for October 2016; amendments to the Georgian law...

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Jagland: Ukraine’s Constitutional amendments a major step towards European standards

Secretary General 2 june 2016 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland today welcomed the adoption by Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada of the amendments to the Constitution regarding the Judiciary: “I welcome the adoption today by the Verkhovna Rada of amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine related to the...

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Secretary General concerned about Internet censorship

Secretary General 1 June 2016 Strasbourg

Rules for blocking and removal of illegal content must be transparent and proportionate

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Statement by the Secretary General on reforms in Ukraine

Secretary General 26 May 2016 Strasbourg

Secretary General Jagland reiterates that the Council of Europe is on the side of Ukraine and its people, as the country take steps to put in place a fully independent, efficient and professional judicial system. ”As we reach the midterm of the Council of Europe Action Plan for Ukraine, I take...

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Secretary General meets Greek PM Tsipras

Secretary General 26 May 2016 Athens (Greece)

As part of his official visit to Greece, Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland met with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. The Secretary General also met the President of Greece, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, the Minister of Justice, Nikos Paraskevopoulos and the the Speaker of the Parliament, Nikos Voutsis. ...

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Secretary General on the release of Nadia Savchenko

Secretary General 25 May 2016 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Jagland said on release of Nadia Savchenko this was “a good development, also from a humanitarian perspective, but also of course because Nadia Savchenko is a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe”. He hoped that it would “lead to...

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Secretary General on official visit to Greece 25-26 May

Secretary General 24 May 2016 Strasbourg

On 25 May, Secretary General Jagland will have meetings with: The President of Greece, Prokopis Pavlopoulos The Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras The Minister of Justice, Nikos Paraskevopoulos The Speaker of the Parliament, Nikos Voutsis On 26 May: Secretary General Jagland will visit the Centre for...

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World Humanitarian Summit: Council of Europe commitment

Secretary General 23 May 2016 Istanbul

Attending the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland made this commitment today on behalf of the Council of Europe: Leaving No One Behind – A Commitment to Address Forced Displacement Core Commitment 4: Commit to collectively work towards a Global Compact on...

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International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia

Secretary General 13 May 2016 Strasbourg

Harassment of LGBTI children must have no place in schools, says Secretary General

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Secretary General speaks out against death penalty in Belarus

Secretary General 07 May 2016 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General regrets another execution in Belarus, calls for moratorium on death penalty

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World Press Freedom Day, 3 May

Council of Europe 2 May 2016 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General calls on European states to ensure that defamation legislation does not silence the media

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Secretary General Jagland on official visit to Denmark

Secretary General 2 May 2016 Strasbourg

Meetings with H.M. Queen Margrethe II, Prime Minister Rasmussen, Minister for Foreign Affairs Jensen, Minister of Justice Pind

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Thorbjørn Jagland: Europe’s human rights and security at risk through populist nationalism

Secretary General 27 April 2016 Strasbourg

Human rights, democracy and security are threatened across the continent, according to the latest annual report from the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland. “Europe is currently struggling with many serious challenges, including terrorism, migration and conflict. This...

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Ban of Mejlis risks targeting Crimean Tatar community as a whole

Secretary General 26 April 2016 Strasbourg

Secretary General Jagland made the following statement: "I am very concerned by the decision taken today by the Court of Simferopol to declare the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People an “extremist organisation” and to ban it. In a report recently prepared by a Human Rights delegation that I sent...

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