Europe Day 5th May: Statement by Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić

Secretary General 4 May 2020 Strasbourg

“This Europe Day, we are all thinking about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic throughout our continent and around the world. Every individual has been touched by this crisis, but our greatest sympathies are with those who have lost friends or loved ones. At an institutional level, we are...

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Secretary General: Governments must protect essential role of journalists in democracy, especially in times of crisis

Secretary General 30 April 2020 Strasbourg

New report lists 142 serious attacks on journalists in 2019 In a statement issued ahead of World Press Freedom Day on 3 May, Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić calls on governments to avoid unduly restricting media freedom during the COVID-19 crisis. “Governments are...

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Secretary General: acquittal of Ilgar Mammadov and Rasul Jafarov is to be welcomed

Secretary General 23 April 2020 Strasbourg

Statement by Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić: "The acquittal today of Ilgar Mammadov and Rasul Jafarov by the Supreme Court of Azerbaijan is to be welcomed. As the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers has repeatedly emphasised, the execution of the European Court...

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Coronavirus: guidance to governments on respecting human rights, democracy and the rule of law

secretary general 8 April 2020 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, has issued a toolkit for governments across Europe on respecting human rights, democracy and the rule of law during the COVID-19 crisis. The Information Document was sent to all 47 Council of Europe member states yesterday....

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COVID-19 crisis: Secretary General concerned about increased risk of domestic violence

Secretary General 30 march 2020 Strasbourg

Summary of interview with Deutsche Presse Agentur (DPA) Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić has expressed concern about an increase in domestic violence during the lockdowns due to the corona virus. Reports from member countries in the past few weeks already have shown...

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Secretary General writes to Viktor Orbán regarding COVID-19 state of emergency in Hungary

Secretary General 24 march 2020 Strasbourg

Letter from Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić, for the attention of Viktor Orbán, Prime Minister of Hungary “The COVID-19 pandemic legitimately prompted Council of Europe member states to take drastic measures to protect public health. These measures are restricting a...

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Statement by the Spokesperson of the Secretary General on the political agreement in Georgia on a new electoral system

Spokesperson of the Secretary General 9 March 2020 Strasbourg

We welcome the political agreement reached yesterday, 8 March, by the majority and opposition in Georgia on the 2020 electoral system, which puts an end to uncertainty that lasted for several months and opens the way to depolarization of the political debate, in the run-up of this year’s...

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“Sex without consent is rape: European countries must change their laws to state that clearly”

Secretary General 6 March 2020 Strasbourg

Ahead of International Women’s Day on Sunday 8 March, Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić has called on all member states to change how rape is defined. In an opinion article published in today’s EU Observer, she says that “Too few of our members treat this crime as...

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Secretary General tells UN Human Rights Council: “You can rely on our support”

Secretary General 25 February 2020 Geneva

Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić has assured the United Nations Human Rights Council that it can count on the Council of Europe’s support across a wide range of sectors. Speaking in Geneva at the UN body’s 43rd session, the Secretary General underlined the importance of close cooperation...

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