Council of Europe Secretary General on Burqa Bans: 'Europe Has Suffered Under Fundamentalism'

Council of Europe Secretary General on Burqa Bans: 'Europe Has Suffered Under Fundamentalism'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 14, 2010

Is it right for governments to place bans on burqas or the construction of minarets? In a SPIEGEL ONLINE interview, Thorbjørn Jagland, secretary general of the Council of Europe, pleads for a more pragmantic societal approach. He also defends the decision of the Nobel Committee, which he also chairs, to bestow Barack Obama with the Peace Prize. more...

Report Slams Moscow: No Justice for Business in Russia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 24, 2009

A harsh new Council of Europe report focuses on the Yukos Oil and Hermitage Fund cases as it slams Russian criminal justice system abuses. By Jason Bush more...


Contesting Evolution: European Creationists Take On Darwin

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 25, 2009

The US isn't the only place with heated debates about Darwin's theory of evolution: Europe has its own hardcore creationists and intelligent design backers, too. Increasingly, they are making their voices heard. By Jens Lubbadeh more...

'Serious Concern' about Xenophobia: Council of Europe Lambasts Italy for 'Xenophobic' Environment

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 30, 2008

A series of racist incidents in Italy against immigrants and Roma has European officials worried. A new report sharply criticizes Italian officials for promoting a "xenophobic" environment, but Italian officials find the criticisms "totally unfounded." more...


'Limited Political Competition': OSCE Slams 'Unfair' Russian Election

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 03, 2007

Following the landslide victory of President Putin's United Russia party, international observers have called the Russian parliamentary election unfair. According to the OSCE, the elections took place in an atmosphere which "seriously limited political competition." more...

New Report Cites Proof of CIA Black Sites: 'Massive and Systematic Violations' of Human Rights'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 08, 2007

In his second report for the Council of Europe, special investigator Dick Marty will say that he has "enough evidence to state" that the CIA operated secret prisons in Poland and Romania. SPIEGEL ONLINE has obtained a copy of the report, which is due for release this afternoon. It documents a "series of illegal acts" on the part of the CIA. By Marcel Rosenbach and John Goetz more...


A Turn Towards the West: Serbia Forms a New Government

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 11, 2007

Two moderate parties in Belgrade have announced a coalition deal that will shut out the far-right Radical Party. The announcement comes after months of talks -- on the very day that Serbia takes over the Council of Europe, amid protests from rights groups. At issue is the continuing freedom of two men accused of war crimes. more...

Threat of Coup by Secularist Army: Alarm Grows over Political Crisis in Turkey

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 30, 2007

The threat of an army coup hangs over Turkey in a dispute about a presidential election that has once again exposed the country's deep divide between secularists and Islamists. Analysts hope the constitutional court will reduce tensions by annulling the vote and prompting fresh parliamentary elections. more...


Secret US Prisons: Bush Admits CIA "Black Sites"

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 07, 2006

The American network of so-called "black sites" -- secret CIA prisons where terrorist suspects were allegedly held for questioning -- turns out to be real. President Bush admitted in a speech on Thursday that 14 prisoners had been moved from undisclosed locations to Guantanamo Bay. It was a dramatic election-season speech, and European leaders are wary. more...

Clandestine Camps in Europe: "Everyone Knew What Was Going On in Bondsteel"

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 05, 2005

As European governments investigate reports about apparent CIA "black sites" maintained by the United States to hold suspected terrorists, Camp Bondsteel has come under great scrutiny. Prisoners were locked up for months in the Kosovo military camp without trial in conditions similar to those at Guantanamo. Alvaro Gil Robles, Human Rights Commissioner for the Council of Europe, tells SPIEGEL ONLINE what he saw at the camp in 2002 and reveals that Germany knew all about it. more...