Secretary General regrets another death verdict delivered in Belarus, calls for abolition of death penalty

Secretary General 13 January 2016 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland made the following statement today: “I deeply regret another death sentence delivered on 5 January by Minsk Regional Court in Belarus. Death penalty is a violation of the key human right – the right to life; this inhuman practice is...

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Response to terrorism must be resolute, says Secretary General in the wake of Istanbul attack

Secretary General 12 January 2016 Strasbourg

Following today’s bomb attack in Istanbul that claimed at least ten lives and left more people injured, Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland expressed his solidarity with Turkey’s people and leadership conveyed his deepest condolences to the families of victims, many of...

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How Europe can defeat terrorism

Secretary General 7 January 2016 Strasbourg

When terrorists attacked the staff of the Charlie Hebdo magazine, their intentions were clear. They wanted to extinguish an established European tradition of free-expression. They wanted their deadly violence, employed in the service of a bankrupt and backward ideology, to weaken confidence in...

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Poland: Jagland offers expertise on media law

Secretary General 6 January 2016 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Jagland has written to Polish President Duda expressing his concern regarding the legislative draft on public service broadcasting and its possible impact on the integrity and independence of public TV and radio. Jagland invites the Polish authorities to submit...

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