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5. 6. 2015 23:58

Prime Minister Sobotka in talks with the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Jagland on human rights

The Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka and his Minister for Human Rights Jiří Dienstbier met on Friday 5 June 2015 at the seat of the Czech government in Straka Academy with the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland. They discussed cooperation between the Czech Republic and the Council of Europe, human rights-related issued and the state of democracy in Europe and in the world. They also discussed at their meeting other foreign affairs and political issues such as the situation in Ukraine and prevention of radicalization and extremism.

The Council of Europe is an international organization promoting inter-governmental co-operation in areas of legal standards, human rights, democratic development, the rule of law and cultural co-operation. It was founded in 1949 and has 47 member states. The chief vehicle for European integration became in later years the European Community (EU today), and the Council of Europe’s main domain shifted towards protection of human rights, democracy and rule of law. The Council of Europe drafted in 1950 the European Convention on Human Rights. The Council’s offices are in Strasbourg. Czech Republic became a member in 1993.

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