Logo Assembly Logo Hemicycle

News

General Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders concerned by the possible closure of ‘Memorial’

15/11/2021 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Alexandra Louis (France, ALDE), the Parliamentary Assembly's General Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, has expressed her concern following the launch by the Russian Prosecutor’s office of proceedings aimed at closing down the human rights NGO “Memorial”. “’Memorial’ is the...

Fighting corruption and political responsibility

12/11/2021 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

The “Panama papers”, “Paradise papers”, “Laundromats”, and “Pandora papers” scandals have involved allegations that politicians used offshore schemes to evade taxes and conceal assets, raising suspicions of corruption and money laundering. Adopting a draft resolution based on the report prepared...

We must do more to end the death penalty, says PACE General Rapporteur

08/10/2021 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

On the occasion of the World Day against the Death Penalty (10 October), PACE General Rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty Vladimir Vardanyan (Armenia, EPP/CD) made the following statement: “This year’s World Day against the Death Penalty is dedicated to women who risk being sentenced...

PACE General Rapporteur expresses serious concern at reports that US officials discussed assassinating...

28/09/2021 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Following credible reports that CIA officials discussed assassinating Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, Pieter Omtzigt (Netherlands, EPP/CD), the Parliamentary Assembly’s General Rapporteur on the protection of whistleblowers, has expressed serious concern at the possibility of the extra-judicial...

Belarus: PACE rapporteur condemns campaign against civil society

26/07/2021 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Alexandra Louis (France, ALDE), General Rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on the situation of human rights defenders and former rapporteur on the human rights situation in Belarus, has condemned the new anti-NGO campaign in Belarus. "Civil society in Belarus...

PACE rapporteur commemorates the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17

19/07/2021 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Titus Corlățean (Romania, SOC), PACE rapporteur on Ensuring accountability for the downing of flight MH17, has commemorated the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on 17 July 2014. “Seven long years ago, all 298 people on board, including 196 Dutch nationals, lost their lives when Malaysia...

PACE rapporteur on political prisoners in Russia concerned about recent developments in the case of Alexey...

09/07/2021 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Sunna Ævarsdóttir (Iceland, SOC), the rapporteur on political prisoners in Russia for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), has commented on recent developments in the case of Alexey Pichugin: “I am gravely concerned at news reports from Russia that Alexey Pichugin...

United States: the rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty welcomes the announcement of the...

06/07/2021 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Vladimir Vardanyan (Armenia, EPP/CD), General Rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on the abolition of the death penalty, has welcomed last Thursday’s announcement of the United States Attorney General Merrick Garland to temporarily halt federal executions...

PACE rapporteur welcomes revision of the Pompidou Group’s statute

24/06/2021 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

The Rapporteur for follow-up to Parliamentary Assembly Resolution 2335 (2020) and Recommendation 2177 (2020) on “Drug policy and human rights in Europe: a baseline study”, Hannah Bardell (United Kingdom, NR), welcomed the adoption by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe of a...

Problem of political prisoners in Azerbaijan ‘neither recognised nor adequately addressed, let alone...

23/06/2021 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

The problem of political prisoners in Azerbaijan, as identified and described in a January 2020 resolution of the Assembly, “has been neither duly recognised nor adequately addressed by the authorities, let alone resolved”, according to a follow-up report declassified yesterday. The follow-up...

‘Covid passes’ should respect common human rights and rule of law standards, says PACE rapporteur

09/06/2021 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

“National and international authorities considering the introduction of ‘Covid pass’ systems should bear in mind the basic standards of human rights and the rule of law as set out in the report by the Legal Affairs Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE)," said...

Statement by a rapporteur on the arrest of Andrei Pivoravov

03/06/2021 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Alexandra Louis (France, ALDE), Rapporteur for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on follow-up to Resolution 2362 (2021) on Restrictions on NGO activities in Council of Europe member States, has expressed great concern at the arrest of Russian activist Andrei Pivovarov at St...