Disability: Human rights should come first

Secretary General 2 December 2015 Strasbourg

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

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Council of Europe welcomes further signatures of anti-trafficking convention

Council of Europe 30 November 2015 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland has welcomed Liechtenstein and Monaco signing up to the Council of Europe convention against human trafficking today. “People trafficking is a hideous abuse of human rights which has no place in 21st century Europe,” he said. “Our legally-binding treaty helps...

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Council of Europe turns “orange” to end violence against women

Secretary General 25 November 2015 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland and Strasbourg Deputy Mayor, Nawel Rafik-Elmrini, hosted a ceremony today to illuminate the Council of Europe’s Palais de l’Europe building in orange, in support of efforts to stop violence against women. As a bright and optimistic colour, orange was selected...

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France informs Secretary General of Article 15 Derogation of the European Convention on Human Rights

Secretary General 25 November 2015 Strasbourg

The French authorities have informed the Secretary General of the Council of Europe about a number of state of emergency measures taken following the large scale terrorist attacks in Paris and which may involve a derogation from certain rights guaranteed by the European Convention on Human...

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Secretary General meets European Commission First Vice-President

Secretary General 25 November 2015 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland met today with Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Better Regulation, Inter-institutional Relations, the Rule of Law and the Charter of Fundamental Rights. Topics of discussion were the refugee and migration...

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Human rights of migrants and refugees: Council of Europe to intensify monitoring

Secretary General 25 November 2015 Strasbourg

Increasing reports of ill-treatment of migrants and refugees in Europe, for example attacks on homes for asylum seekers or the excessive use of force by police at borders, are a cause for concern according to Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland. He is also concerned about problematic conditions...

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Violence against women: Europe must become a zone of zero tolerance

Secretary General 25 November 2015 Strasbourg

On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2015, Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe issued the following statement: “Violence against women and girls remains one of the most serious – and sadly most tolerated – human-rights...

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Statement on the situation in Belarus

Secretary General 23 November 2015 Strasbourg

Call for moratorium on the death penalty in Belarus

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Council of Europe Head calls on Europe’s governments to “shatter the taboos exploited by paedophiles”

Secretary General 18 November 2015 Strasbourg

Marking the first ever Europe-wide action day to end child sex abuse, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland called on member states to raise awareness of child sex abuse and exploitation. One in five children under the age of 18 in Europe is a victim of sexual violence....

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Attacks in Paris: Statement by Thorbjørn Jagland

Secretary General 14 November 2015 Strasbourg

"I am shocked by the horrific attacks in Paris last night. Our solidarity and thoughts are with the people of France today and with President Hollande. The terrorists aimed to attack our freedom, democracy and human rights. But Europe will stand strong in defending our common values". Letter to...

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Spokesperson of the Secretary General

Secretary General 13 November 2015 Strasbourg

Statement on the situation of Arif Yunus

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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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