The Council of Europe: “A Red Cross for Human Rights”

18 June 2017 Strasbourg

« In the fight against terrorism, human rights are no impediment ». Interview with the Secretary General translated from Der Tagesspiegel 18 June 2017 The Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland, speaks about Theresa May’s Brexit plans, measures against fake news and the...

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Cour européenne des droits de l’homme: arrêtons la caricature

12 décembre 2016 The New York Times / International

Par Thorbjørn Jagland L’année 2017 sera marquée par des échéances électorales majeures en Europe. Dans plusieurs pays, dont la France, l’Allemagne, les Pays-Bas et peut-être maintenant l’Italie, les électeurs seront appelés aux urnes. Les campagnes promettent d’être acharnées et porteront...

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How to talk about terrorism - This is no time for taboos in the classroom

1 September 2016, 4:12 PM CET | Updated 5 September 2016, 5:38 PM CET

By Thorbjørn Jagland, Sayeeda Warsi and Francesco Ragazzi Europe’s young people are growing up at a time when the Continent is facing a host of divisive issues: terrorism, austerity, refugees, war in Ukraine, instability in Turkey and Brexit in Britain. As they develop their cultural and...

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Situation de la Turquie après le coup d'état manqué et le rôle du Conseil de l'Europe

22 août 2016 Le Monde / La Stampa / Hürriyet / Hürriyet Daily News / Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Adoptons un front uni pour rétablir la compréhension et la confiance mutuelles, sauf si la Turquie envisage de rétablir la peine de mort. Durant ma récente visite à -Ankara, j'ai vu les importants dégâts causés au Parlement par les raids des avions de chasse aux mains des forces putschistes....

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Sortir la Moldova de l’ornière

10 août 2015 The New York Times / International

STRASBOURG, France — La République de Moldova, tout petit pays de seulement 3,5 millions d’habitants, risque de devenir le théâtre de la prochaine crise sécuritaire en Europe, ce qui pourrait avoir des répercussions bien au‑delà de ses frontières. Ex-République soviétique prise en sandwich entre...

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Britain can be at the heart of a torture-free Europe

Tuesday 3 March 2015 The Guardian

In an Austrian prison 25 years ago, a team of foreign monitors heard repeatedly from prisoners who had been beaten in police custody. Over an eight-day period, serious abuse was exposed in a country where few had imagined it. Protections were subsequently put in place – and Europe’s anti-torture...

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Why We Are Setting Up a European Roma Institute

March 26, 2015. European Voice

For more than four decades Europe’s Roma community have wanted to establish an institution that would give their music, art, and unique traditions their own stage. Across the continent, such bodies exist to celebrate an array of cultures, nationalities, and identities. Yet there is nothing of...

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Council of Europe is not blind to Azerbaijan’s violations

22 May 2014 European Voice (Brussels)

Azerbaijan’s chairmanship of the Council of Europe will put its violations of human rights in the spotlight, writes the secretary-general of the Council of Europe In recent days and weeks much has been written about the human-rights situation in Azerbaijan, among others by The Economist and by...

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Aserbaidschan und die Menschenrechte

23 May 2014 Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

In den vergangenen Tagen und Wochen ist in europäischen Medien viel über die Menschenrechtslage in Aserbaidschan berichtet worden ("Hilfe aus Baku. Aserbaidschans Gas könnte Europas Abhängigkeit von Moskau mindern" von Michael Martens, F.A.Z. vom 16. Mai). Im Mittelpunkt steht dabei der Vorsitz...

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ECHR ruling can lead to an excellent outcome for all but the extremists

15 février 2012 ("Financial Times")

Sir, "Those who would give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety" (Benjamin Franklin). In your editorial "A denial of justice made in Strasbourg" (February 11), about the recent ruling of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Abu...

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Racism – Europe’s Common Problem

29 juillet 2011 ("Aftenposten")

Since the terrorist attacks in Oslo and Utøya, countless foreign media have sought my opinion. They all ask the same questions: What will happen in Norway now? Will Norway be recognisable after this? Could something similar happen in other countries? At first, I answered that Norway will be...

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A new era for privacy by Thorbjørn Jagland

27 janvier 2011 (European Voice / International)

New media are challenging the traditional boundaries of data protection. This year's Data Protection Day – 28 January – takes place against a backdrop of international controversy, with debate raging on the rights and wrongs of Wikileaks, users of social media waking up to the privacy pitfalls of...

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Sécurité démocratique et respect des droits de l'homme au 21e siècle

4 janvier 2011 (New Europe / International)

Europe has witnessed dramatic changes in recent years , which gave Europe more peace and unity than ever before in its history, as well as a constant economic growth which - combined with a colossal technological revolution - afforded to European societies an unprecedented high level of...

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Il n’y a qu’en Europe que la Déclaration universelle des droits de l'Homme a été prise au sérieux

5 novembre 2010 (''Toute l'Europe'')

Toute l'Europe : Hier, on commémorait le 60ème anniversaire de la signature de la Convention européenne des droits de l'homme. Que s'est-il passé pendant ces 60 années ? Quel en est le bilan ? Que reste-t-il faire ? Thorbjørn Jagland : La mise en œuvre de la Convention est assurée par la Cour...

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Finally One Europe without dividing lines?

30 août 2010 (''New Europe'') version anglaise

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe outlines the progressive accession of the European Union to the European Convention of Human Rights, it may still take a while 1950-2010: sixty years of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms in Europe. This year we celebrate the 60th birthday of the...

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Banning the burqa compromises the very principles that we value

7 juillet 2010 (''The Independent'') version anglaise

No woman should be forced to wear religious apparel by her community or family. Nobody should be forced to go to any kind of house of prayer. We say no to oppressive doctrines or laws which limit the freedom of individuals. The European Convention on Human Rights is the basis for our rights and...

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We must look deeper for Europe's future

4 juillet 2010 (''New Europe'') version anglaise

Europe's human rights landscape is about to change. The accession of the European Union to the European Convention of Human Rights, made possible by the Lisbon Treaty, will complete a cycle begun at the end of the second world war when human rights visionaries, such as French lawyer and Nobel...

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Spectres of inhumanity

29 juin 2010 (''The Guardian'') version anglaise

New hatreds are surfacing in Europe. The economic crisis cannot be an excuse to walk over human rights Europe's human rights landscape is about to change. The accession of the EU to the European convention on human rights, made possible by the Lisbon treaty, will complete a cycle begun at the end...

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La discrimination pour des motifs d’orientation sexuelle ou d’identité de genre doit être reléguée au rang de l’histoire

17 mai 2010 / 31 mai 2010 (''Metro magazine'', Poland; ''Têtu'', France / ''New Europe'')

Le 17 mai est la Journée mondiale contre l'homophobie. L'Europe a vu les droits des personnes lesbiennes, gays, bisexuelles et transgenres (LGBT) progresser de manière importante, mais il reste encore beaucoup à faire. En mars, les représentants des 47 pays membres de la plus vieille organisation...

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65 years of humanity and a new Europe

11 mai 2010 (''Kommersant'') version anglaise

By Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe I would like to use the opportunity of the 65th anniversary of the Victory in Europe day to express the deepest gratitude to the soldiers and people of the then Soviet Union for their sacrifice and heroism. They made a decisive...

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