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Secretary General Jagland welcomes agreement in the EU-facilitated dialogue between Serbia and Kosovo*


Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland on the agreement in the EU-facilitated dialogue between Serbia and Kosovo*
Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland 

Strasbourg, 21 April 2013 - Following the agreement between Serbia and Kosovo*, Secretary General Jagland published the following statement:


"I whole-heartedly welcome the important results achieved by the Serbian and Kosovo* leaders in their EU-facilitated dialogue.


What they achieved today through courage, patience and commitment can be rightly called historic progress.


This agreement opens a new path towards a peaceful future for the whole of South East Europe.


The Council of Europe stands ready to assist all sides in this process, so that both the people of Serbia and the people of Kosovo* will enjoy a clear European perspective".

 * All references to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or population, in this text, shall be understood in full compliance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.



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Human rights of Internet users: Council of Europe promotes debate at 2014 Internet Governance Forum

Strasbourg, 1 September 2014 - At the 9th Internet Governance Forum (IGF) taking place from 2 to 5 September in Istanbul, the Council of Europe aims to trigger a debate on how to empower Internet users´ to exercise their human rights online. In an open forum on 3 September, the Council of Europe will address the issue and discuss how to apply its Guide to human rights for Internet users which was adopted by the 47 member states of the organisation on 16 April. The Council of Europe will also organise discussion on a report on ICANN´s procedures and policies in the light of human rights, fundamental freedoms and democratic values. The report concludes that ICANN´s current rules for creating new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) (which are the suffix at the end of domain names, for example com, info or org) do not fully comply with freedom of expression and privacy standards and contains recommendations on how to address this.

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