Telephone conversation of Secretary General Jagland with Turkish Minister of Justice Abdulhamit Gül

Spokesperson of the Secretary General 18 October 2017 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland today had a phone conversation with the Turkish Minister of Justice Abdulhamit Gül. They discussed the latest developments regarding human rights defenders, including the Director and Chair of Amnesty International Turkey, Idil Eser and Taner...

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Thorbjørn Jagland: “Member states have a duty to ensure Council of Europe principles are respected”

Congress Session 18 October 2017 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, today addressed Congress members during their 33rd Session in Strasbourg, France. “Our Organisation, which covers the European continent from the Atlantic to Vladivostok, promotes fundamental standards, particularly those of the...

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Secretary General’s working visit to the Russian Federation 19-20 October

Spokesperson of the Secretary General 18 October 2017 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland will be in Moscow on an official visit 19-20 October. Meetings are planned with Vyacheslav Volodin, Chairman of the State Duma; Valentina Matviyenko, Chairperson of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly; Serguei Lavrov, Minister for Foreign Affairs and...

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Secretary General Jagland says Catalonia crisis must be solved within the context of the Spanish constitution

Parliamentary Assembly Session 10 October 2017 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland, in reply to questions from PACE members, has emphasised the importance of resolving the conflict in Catalonia on the basis of the existing Spanish constitution, or an amended version of it. He rejected the idea of international mediation, and...

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Spokesperson of the Secretary General: Meeting between Secretary General Jagland and the Foreign Minister of Spain, Alfonso Dastis Quecedo

Spokesperson of the Secretary General 9 October 2017 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, today met with the Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs and Co-operation, Alfonso Dastis Quecedo for a detailed and comprehensive exchange regarding the situation in Catalonia. The Secretary General emphasised the importance of...

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Statement on recent arrests of LGBTI persons in Azerbaijan

Spokesperson of the Secretary General 2 October 2017 Strasbourg

We are very concerned by reports from Azerbaijan alleging mistreatment of LGBTI persons by police. Discrimination of minorities, sexual or other, is against the European Convention of Human Rights. LGBTI persons have no special rights under the Convention; they have the same rights as anyone...

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European Day of Languages 2017: statement from Council of Europe Secretary General, Thorbjørn Jagland

Secretary General 26 September 2017 Strasbourg

"This year's European Day of Languages celebrates innovation in language learning and teaching. This provides us with the perfect opportunity to highlight the huge value of Europe's cultural diversity. Europe's nations are always at their strongest and most prosperous when we are open and...

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International Day of Democracy 2017

Secretary General 14 September 2017 Strasbourg

Statement from Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland

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Statement by the Spokesperson on the release of Mehman Aliyev

Spokesperson 11 September 2017 Strasbourg

Mehman Aliyev, a prominent journalist and editor-in-chief of the renowned news agency Turan, was released from custody and placed under police supervision today. While his release from custody is to be welcomed, we note that criminal charges against him have not been dropped. In his statement of...

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Respecting fundamental rights, security forces and fight against terrorism

Council of Europe 7 September 2017 Strasbourg

Conference held by Council of Europe and French Defender of Rights

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Meeting of Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland with the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron

Secretary General 31 August 2017 Paris

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland and President Emmanuel Macron met today at the Elysée Palace to discuss current developments in Europe and issues of common interest. The President and the Secretary General underline the excellent cooperation between the host nation France and the...

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Secretary General Jagland meets President Macron at the Elysée on 31 August

Secretary General 30 August 2017 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, will meet the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Thursday. Topics of discussion include: The important role of France as host nation of the Council of Europe and European Court of Human Rights; European...

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Statement on the arrest of Mehman Aliyev in Azerbaijan

Secretary General 25 August 2017 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, has today made the following statement in response to the arrest of journalist Mehman Aliyev: “I have been informed that Mehman Aliyev, a prominent journalist and editor-in-chief of the renowned news agency Turan, was detained...

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Violence in Barcelona is an attack on Europe’s freedom and democracy

Secretary General 18 August 2017 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland today issued the following statement, “Innocent people – children, adults, residents and visitors to one of Europe’s most attractive touristic cities have been hit by cowardly acts of violence. I strongly condemn the heinous terrorist attacks in Barcelona. The...

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Belarus death sentences: Secretary General reiterates disappointment

Secretary General 21 July 2017 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland reacts to two death penalty sentences pronounced today in Belarus “I am deeply concerned by the decision of the Mogilev regional court in Belarus to pronounce two death penalty sentences today,” said the Secretary General. “I reiterate our disappointment and...

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Secretary General expresses concerns over situation in Turkey in call to Prime Minister

Secretary General 20 July 2017 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland has released the following statement: "Yesterday evening, I had a phone conversation with Mr Binali Yıldırım, Prime Minister of Turkey, to discuss the latest developments in the country. One year after the attempted coup, I told him that this event should be...

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Secretary General raises concerns over Polish draft law on Supreme Court

Secretary General 18 July 2017 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland has sent a letter to the Speaker of the Sejm, Mr Marek Kuchciński, concerning the new parliamentary draft law on the Polish Supreme Court. Highlighting the crucial role played by Supreme Courts in democracies, he wrote that he was particularly concerned by the...

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Secretary General welcomes Norway’s ratification of the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence

Council of Europe 5 July 2017 Strasbourg

“It’s good news that Norway has now ratified the Istanbul Convention of the Council of Europe. More and more countries realise the need for legally binding standards to help states put an end to the scourge of violence against women, and to commit themselves to co-operating with our monitoring...

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EU High Representative Mogherini in exchange of views with Committee of Ministers, Secretary General Jagland

Secretary General 5 July 2017 Strasbourg

Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission today attended the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe for an exchange of views on relations between the two organisations. Prior to the exchange...

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