Thorbjørn Jagland

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Thorbjørn Jagland

Thorbjørn Jagland (born November 5, 1950) is a Norwegian politician, currently serving his second term as the Secretary General of the Council of Europe (since 2009). He is also the former Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, which is responsible for awarding the Nobel Peace Prize.


  • I am particularly concerned about the recent allegations of mass persecutions of LGBTI people in the Chechen Republic of the Russian Federation. Discrimination and violence against LGBTI people is the worst kind of populism. Using minorities as scapegoats is unfortunately a growing trend. It is dangerous to democracy and governments must do all they can to stop it.

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