Secretary General Jagland condemns attack on Hürriyet journalist Ahmet Hakan

Secretary General 1 October 2015 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland released the following statement today: “I strongly condemn the brutal attack yesterday night on Hürriyet journalist Ahmet Hakan who has been under threat for some time. The repeated attacks on journalists in Turkey have a chilling...

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Secretary General's dialogue with Assembly members

Secretary General 28 September 2015 Starsbourg

Thorbjørn Jagland replied to the questions put to him by members of the Parliamentary Assembly during a questions and answer session during the Assembly's autumn session. During the exchange, which was dominated by the migration crisis, Mr Jagland underlined the importance of placing all those...

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Secretary General Jagland meets Foreign Minister Schetyna of Poland

Secretary General 25 September 2015 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland today met in Warsaw with and Foreign Minister of Poland Grzegorz Schetyna. Topics of discussion included the human rights of refugees, the situation in Ukraine and Poland’s relations with the Council of Europe.

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Statement by the Spokesperson of the Secretary General on Ukraine's sanctions against media

Secretary General 17 September 2015 Strasbourg

We are working with Ukraine to promote democratic reforms. Freedom of expression and of the media is a fundamental right. Ukraine should therefore reconsider its sanctions against media.

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Secretary General on official visit to Finland

Secretary General 16 September 2015 Helsinki

Meetings with the Foreign Minister Timo Soini and President Sauli Niinistö

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Secretary General meets Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström

Secretary General 16 September 2015 Stockholm

Today Thorbjørn Jagland met the Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström and participated in an International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance event in Stockholm. Topics of discussion included Europe's migration challenge, the situation in Ukraine and Sweden's support to the...

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European Roma Institute will spread understanding of Roma culture and challenge stereotypes

Secretary General 15 September 2015 Strasbourg

Council of Europe member States have approved a proposal for the creation of a new European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture. Council of Europe Secretary General Jagland issued the following statement: “The Council of Europe wants to help celebrate the contribution of Roma art, history, and...

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Secretary General questions Hungary over human rights

Secretary General 15 September 2015 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland will write to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán about new legislation adopted in the context of the migration crisis. “I am concerned about a series of recent amendments to legislation in Hungary which will, among other things, allow the Government to...

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UN International Day of Democracy: statement by the Secretary General

Secretary General 15 September 2015 Strasbourg

NGOs under threat: civil society needs free voices to ensure democratic security “Too many NGOs in Europe and around the world are being disenfranchised and dispossessed. Some governments place them on watch lists, restrict access to their funding or even dismantle their offices, simply because...

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Refugee crisis: Council of Europe reminds states of respect for human rights of all

Secretary General 9 September 2015 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland has issued guidance to the Council of Europe’s 47 member States on the treatment of migrants and asylum seekers, including with regard to their reception and temporary living conditions, to ensure respect for their human rights. “The ongoing migrant crisis is...

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Statement by Council of Europe Secretary General Jagland on recent events in Turkey

Secretary General 9 September 2015 Strasbourg

“Recent events in Turkey are very worrying. I strongly condemn the deadly attacks on Turkish security forces. And I express my sincere condolences to all victims of violence over the past days. I am also alarmed by the attacks on political parties and media outlets which risk destabilising...

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UNHCR and Council of Europe leaders stress need to protect human rights of refugees

Secretary General 4 September 2015 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres met today in Geneva to discuss the current human rights situation of refugees in Europe and strengthen co-operation between the two organisations. "Governments should draw inspiration...

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Statement by the Spokesperson of Secretary General Jagland on today’s verdict in the case of Khadija Ismayilova in Azerbaijan

Secretary General 1 September 2015 Strasbourg

As he has done regarding the convictions of Leyla and Arif Yunus, Secretary General Jagland will request from the Azerbaijani authorities the full details of the judgment and the evidence presented against Khadija Ismayilova, an investigative journalist sentenced by a Baku Court today to 7.5...

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ECHR Lampedusa judgment underlines migrants have the same fundamental rights as everyone else

Secretary General 1 September 2015 Strasbourg

Migration crisis poses serious threat to the respect for human rights

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Secretary General Jagland welcomes vote in Ukraine's parliament on constitutional reform and decentralisation

Secretary General 31 August 2015 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Jagland welcomes the vote in Ukraine's parliament on constitutional reform and decentralisation today: “I welcome the vote in the Rada today in favour of constitutional reform and decentralisation. I hope that the reform process will continue and bring positive...

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Secretary General welcomes adoption of National Human Rights Strategy in Ukraine

Secretary General 26 August 2015 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland welcomed today the approval by the Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko of the National Strategy in the Sphere of Human Rights for the period until 2020, and pledged continued support from the Council of Europe to Ukraine in its implementation. “The Council of...

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Secretary General welcomes the release of six political prisoners in Belarus

Secretary General 22 August 2015 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland today made the following statement concerning the release of six political prisoners in Belarus: "I have been informed today that six political prisoners in Belarus, including Mr. Nikolai Statkevich, have been liberated by a decision of...

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No place for discrimination, xenophobia in migrant crisis in Europe

Secretary General 20 August 2015 Strasbourg

"Especially during this unprecedented refugee crisis, there must be no place for xenophobia and discrimination. Europe must show solidarity with these vulnerable people", said Secretary General Jagland in a statement on Thursday. "All Council of Europe member states have a shared responsibility...

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Statement issued by the Spokesperson of Secretary General Jagland on the verdict in the cases of Leyla and Arif Yunus in Azerbaijan

Secretary General 14 August 2015 Strasbourg

Secretary General Jagland will request from the Azerbaijani authorities the full details of the judgment and the evidence presented against the defendants. In view of the known systemic deficiencies in the Azerbaijani judicial system and the worrying trend of increasing cases against human rights...

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Bring Moldova back from the brink

Secretary General 11 August 2015 Strasbourg

The Republic of Moldova - a tiny country of just 3.5 million people - is at risk of becoming Europe’s next security crisis, with potential consequences far beyond its borders. A former Soviet Republic sandwiched between Romania and Ukraine, Moldova sits at the crossroads between Europe’s East and...

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