Thorbjørn Jagland publishs 2017 report on state of democracy, human rights and the rule of law in Europe

The Secretary General assesses the health of the five building blocks of democratic security across member states: independent judiciaries, freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and association, the functioning of democratic institutions, and inclusive societies; this time in the context of growing populism.

Russia: Jagland urges investigation after anti-LGBT attacks

The Secretary General’s 4 April letter to Tatiana Moskalkova, follows reports of “serious human rights violations of LGBT persons” in the Chechen Republic.

Russia: European court judgements on right to peaceful assembly

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland has expressed concern about freedom of expression and of assembly in Russia, following mass detentions at demonstrations.

Turkey: Jagland urges ECHR judicial safeguards for the “dismissed and imprisoned”

“It is imperative for Turkey and Europe that the judicial safeguards for all those who have been dismissed or are in prison are based on the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and on the case law of the European Court of Human Rights,” Jagland said at a joint press conference with Bekir Bozdağ, Minister of Justice of Turkey.

Russia: Jagland warns against “regression” of decriminalising domestic violence

In a letter to the Chairpersons of the State Duma and the Federation Council of the Russian Federation, Jagland states: “I call upon you to do anything within your powers to strengthen the right of Russian families to live free from violence and intimidation.