EU-Turkey migration agreement: Secretary General welcomes European Commission's clarifications

Secretary General 17 March 2016 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, has welcomed the clarifications by the European Commission for further developing cooperation between the European Union and Turkey in tackling the migration crisis. “It is extremely important that every application for asylum...

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Secretary General meets Belgian activists against radicalisation

Secretary General 15 March 2016 Strasbourg

Secretary General Jagland met today Ms Saliha Ben Ali of the Belgian Organisation SAVE, accompanied by Mr Michaël Privot of the European Network against Racism. Ms Ben Ali informed Mr Jagland about her work to fight radicalisation of young people in Belgian schools. Her voluntary work, which is...

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Jagland: terrorist attack in Turkey is attack on us all

Secretary General 13 March 2016 Strasbourg

Statement of Council of Europe Secretary General Jagland on the terrorist attack in Ankara today: "Just weeks after the last deadly attack in Ankara I am devastated by the news from Turkey that terrorists have again killed and injured so many innocent people in the nation's capital. These...

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Secretary General on official visit to Norway, 10 - 11 March

Secretary General 7 March 2016 Strasbourg

On 10 March, Mr. Jagland will have meetings with: Mr Børge Brende, Minister of Foreign Affairs The President of the Storting Human Rights and Civil Society organisations The Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence On 11 March: Ms Sylvi Listhaug, Minister of Immigration and Integration...

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Secretary General Jagland's statement on Zaman media group

Secretary General 5 March 2016 Strasbourg

Statement by Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland

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Statement of Secretary General on the leaked Venice Commission draft opinion on Poland

Secretary General 2 March 2016 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland issued the following statement: “It is unfortunate that this draft opinion of the Venice Commission on amendments to the law on the Constitutional Court of Poland was leaked in violation of its restricted character, and that discussions are...

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Protecting refugee children

Secretary General 2 March 2016 Strasbourg

Secretary General calls on member States to take urgent action

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Swiss referendum: clear commitment of the Swiss people to the rule of law and to the European Convention on Human Rights

Secretary General 1 March 2016 Geneva

Secretary General Jagland has commented on the outcome of the Swiss popular initiative “on the enforcement of the expulsion of foreign criminals (enforcement initiative)” on 28 February: “I was pleased to see that the initiative on the enforcement of the expulsion of foreign criminals in...

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Jagland on migration: Europe-wide policy of door-slamming is not sustainable

Secretary General 1 March 2016 Geneva

Speaking at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland has called for collective action on migration guided by common European standards. “We do not put the fundamental rights of a minority into the hands of the majority – especially at a time of heightened anxiety...

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Turkey’s Constitutional Court Judgment in the case of Dündar and Gül

Secretary General 26 February 2016 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Jagland has commented on the Turkish Constitutional Court’s judgment in the case of Can Dündar and Erdem Gül today: “I was glad to hear the judgment of the Turkish Constitutional Court today which found that the rights of Cumhuriyet newspaper’s editor-in-chief,...

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Lavrov, Jagland on Russia’s membership in Council of Europe

Secretary General 24 February 2016 Strasbourg

Russian Foreign Minister and Secretary General exchange letters on 20th anniversary

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Ankara: Secretary General condemns deadly attack

Secretary General 18 February 2016 Strasbourg

Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, last night condemned the car bomb attack which killed at least 28 people and injured more than 60 in the centre of Ankara, close to the Parliament and military headquarters. “I am deeply saddened by the news of yet another deadly...

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Belarus death sentence: Secretary General reacts

Secretary General 17 February 2016 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, has condemned the death sentence handed down in Belarus on Tuesday 16 February. “The Council of Europe and all its member states are firmly opposed to capital punishment in all circumstances,” stressed the Secretary General. “As...

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Zero tolerance for female genital mutilation (FGM)

Council of Europe 5 February 2016 Strasbourg

“Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a vile crime and a gross violation of the human rights of women and girls,” said Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland just ahead of the UN International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (6 February). “According to new figures...

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Secretary General responds to reports that French police have cleared hundreds of Roma in Paris

Secretary General 3 February 2016 Strasbourg

"It is crucial that the French authorities provide all those who have been forced to leave the ‘Petite ceinture’ camp – including children and elderly people – with adequate, alternative accommodation, particularly as they have decided to take this action during winter", said Council of Europe...

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Council of Europe human rights mission returns from Crimea

Secretary General 3 February 2016 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s human rights mission to Crimea, led by Swiss diplomat Ambassador Gérard Stoudmann, has returned to Strasbourg after a 7-day visit to the peninsula. Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland today informed the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers that the delegation met...

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Immigration: 'kneejerk' responses risk departure from European values

Secretary General 2 February 2016 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland has delivered a keynote speech on the risk of 'kneejerk' responses to immigration at a high-level seminar organised by the Dutch EU chairmanship: “EU fundamental values, immigration and integration: a shared responsibility” in Strasbourg today. "We should be...

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Combating hate speech online: Council of Europe and Germany to co-operate

Secretary General 28 January 2016 Strasbourg

The German Federal Minister for Justice and Consumer Protection, Heiko Maas, today paid an official visit to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg and held talks with its Secretary General, Thorbjørn Jagland. The items discussed included combating online hate speech and incitement to hatred, and...

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The European Convention on Human Rights is our compass

Parliamentary Assembly Session 26 January 2016 Strasbourg

Secretary General Jagland has asked parliamentarians to go home and be louder than ever in defending Europe’s human rights architecture. Speaking about the many challenges facing Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland said the European Convention on Human Rights is a shared vocabulary, the set of values which...

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