Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland’s 2018 Report focuses on role and threats to institutions

In his fifth annual report, Secretary General, Thorbjørn Jagland takes aim at populists and the undermining of institutions that guarantee democracy and the rule of law.

“There are new and resurgent challenges to our institutions across the continent to which we must respond”, Jagland writes.

In his report, the Secretary General invites all Council of Europe member states to recommit, in the interest of every European, to shared values, as reflected in the European Convention on Human Rights.

Human rights, democracy and the rule of law depend on the institutions that give them form. According to the Secretary General, populists, who invoke the proclaimed “will of the people,”often see these institutional checks and balances on power as obstacles that should be subverted.


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