Secretary General's message to the people of Georgia

Secretary General 15 June 2015 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland today expressed his condolences over the loss of life in the devastating flood in Tbilisi during the weekend. At least twelve people died and many others are missing. “On this day of national mourning, I would like to express my...

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Ukraine derogation from European Convention on Human Rights

Secretary General 10 June 2015 Strasbourg

Secretary General Jagland: Council of Europe standards still apply in Ukraine

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Secretary General’s statement on Travellers' rights in France

Secretary General 10 June 2015 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, welcomed yesterday’s vote in the French National Assembly to abolish the travel document imposed on Travellers and to improve the arrangements for their reception. "These measures represent a significant advance in the recognition...

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Secretary General Jagland visits Reykjavík

Secretary General 8 June 2015 Reykjavík

High level meetings and lecture at the University of Iceland, Institute of Human Rights

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Secretary General Jagland statement on elections in Turkey

Secretary General 8 June 2015 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, today released this statement on the elections in Turkey: "Turkey is an important member of the European family. Yesterday’s legislative elections have shown the strong commitment of the Turkish people to democracy and their...

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Media advisory: Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland in Reykjavík on 8 and 9 June

Secretary General 5 June 2015 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland in Reykjavík on 8 and 9 June: high level meetings and lecture at the University of Iceland, Institute of Human Rights

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Secretary General Jagland visits Prague

Secretary General 5 June 2015 Prague

Lecture on human rights and democratic security at Charles University

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Media advisory: Secretary General Jagland in Prague on 5 June

Secretary General 2 June 2015 Strasbourg

Lecture on human rights and democratic security at Charles University

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Secretary General appeals Egypt death sentences

Secretary General 28 May 2015 Strasbourg

Thorbjørn Jagland writes to the Grand Mufti of Egypt

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Secretary General welcomes decision to abolish the death penalty in US state of Nebraska

Secretary General 28 May 2015 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland has welcomed the decision of US state of Nebraska lawmakers to abolish the death penalty. "The USA, as observer state to the Council of Europe, committed itself to share Council of Europe values and to make a positive contribution to its...

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30th anniversary of the Heysel Stadium tragedy

Secretary General 28 May 2015 Strasbourg

Secretary General on 30th anniversary of the Heysel Stadium tragedy: stop violence in sporting events

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LGBT people in Europe

Secretary General 15 May 2015 Strasbourg

All efforts must be made to eradicate hate and violence against LGBT people in Europe, says Secretary General

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Council of Europe commemorates end of Second World War

Secretary General 9 May 2015 Strasbourg

Working to overcome differences in today’s Europe, upholding the rights of all people, recommitting to principles of democracy and the rule of law is the best tribute we can pay to those who lost their lives in the Second World War, said the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn...

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Secretary General to commemorate liberation of Europe from Nazism

Secretary General 6 May 2015 Strasbourg

On Saturday 9 May, a ceremony to mark the Europe Day and to commemorate the end of the Second World War and liberation of Europe will be held at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. The Secretary General of the Council of Europe will deliver a speech and lay flowers in memory of those who lost...

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Democracy and Human Rights in Europe

Secretary General 29 April 2015 Strasbourg

Secretary General cites judicial weaknesses and media freedom as top human rights concerns

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Secretary General condemns executions in Indonesia

Secretary General 28 April 2015 Strasbourg

The head of Europe's 47-nation human rights organisation has condemned eight executions in Indonesia. "The death penalty is a terrible injustice which can never be put right," said Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland. Through the European Convention on Human Rights, the Council...

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Secretary General Jagland in Sarajevo

Secretary General 27 April 2015 Sarajevo

Thorbjørn Jagland is visiting Sarajevo for meetings with the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denis Zvizdić. Secretary General Jagland will also meet Minister of Foreign Affairs Igor Crnadak, Minister for Human Rights and Refugees Semiha Borovac and other government...

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Victims and survivors of Holocaust honored at concentration camp in France

Secretary General 26 April 2015 Struthof

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland joined European leaders at a commemoration ceremony on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the only Nazi concentration camp that was located in France. Located in the Vosges Mountains close to the Alsatian village of Natzwiller, the Struthof camp operated...

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Secretary General’s dialogue with Parliamentary Assembly members

Secretary General 21 April 2015 Strasbourg

The Secretary General, Thorbjørn Jagland, fielded questions from parliamentarians in a new Q&A exercise held during the Parliamentary Assembly’s spring session. In the course of the exchange, Mr Jagland said the Council of Europe had launched the most extensive action plan in the history of the...

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Secretary General Jagland at Global Conference on Cyberspace

Secretary General 15 April 2015 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland is addressing the opening session of the Global Conference on Cyberspace on 16 April in The Hague. The conference aims at discussing the most important developments in cyberspace, and issues ranging from Internet governance and...

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