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Daphne Caruana Galizia assassination: Pieter Omtzigt returns to Malta

13/02/2020 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Pieter Omtzigt, PACE rapporteur on “Daphne Caruana Galizia's assassination and the rule of law in Malta and beyond: ensuring that the whole truth emerges”, will visit Malta from 13 to 14 February.

Rapporteur condemns exclusion of candidates from Azerbaijani elections as ‘undemocratic’

14/01/2020 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Sunna Ævarsdottir, rapporteur on ‘reported cases of political prisoners in Azerbaijan’, today condemned the exclusion of Ilgar Mammadov and other potential candidates from the parliamentary elections on 9 February.

Rapporteur congratulates new Maltese Prime Minister, urges prioritisation of the rule of law

13/01/2020 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Pieter Omtzigt, rapporteur on ‘Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination and the rule of law in Malta and beyond’, responded to the appointment of Robert Abela as Prime Minister of Malta, following his election.

Rapporteur condemns two death sentences issued in Belarus

13/01/2020 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Titus Corlăţean, Rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty, has denounced a judgment of the Mahilyow Court pronouncing death sentences for brothers Kostev, for stabbing to death their former school teacher.

Rapporteur on political prisoners in Azerbaijan deplores the authorities’ failure to implement judgments of...

07/01/2020 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Sunna Ævarsdottir has reacted to the Azerbaijani authorities’ failure to implement key provisions of important judgments of the Court of Human Rights before the 31 December 2019 deadline set by the Committee of Ministers.

PACE rapporteur deplores further reported execution in Belarus

20/12/2019 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Titus Corlatean, General Rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty, has deplored a further execution in Belarus, “a further sign that Belarus is not yet ready to align itself with European standards on this fundamental issue.”

Abolition of the death penalty: Legal Affairs Committee draws up a situation report

11/12/2019 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

The Committee on Legal Affairs drawn up a situation report on the abolition of the death penalty in Council of Europe member and observer states, Belarus and countries whose parliaments have co-operation status.

Committee finds Azerbaijan has a ‘systemic’ problem of political prisoners, urges reform and review of...

10/12/2019 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

The Committee on Legal Affairs has found that, on the basis of factual findings of the European Court of Human Rights, a number of individuals are “political prisoners” according to PACE's definition.

Our 70-years young convention – protecting the freedom of future generations

10/12/2019 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

On the occasion of Human Rights Day, the Committee on Legal Affairs recalled the achievements of the European Convention on Human Rights on the eve of its 70th anniversary year.

Protecting freedom of religion or belief in the workplace

10/12/2019 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Freedom to manifest one’s religion or belief applies also in the workplace. The question of “accommodating the manifestation of employees’ religion or belief is thus of crucial importance”, the committee said.

After another week of revelations in Malta, PACE rapporteur renews call for Prime Minister’s immediate...

06/12/2019 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

After another week of revelations, Pieter Omtzigt reiterates his call for Prime Minister Muscat to resign immediately, pointing to shocking new testimony which “directly implicates the Office of the Prime Minister in the murder plot”.

PACE rapporteur Pieter Omtzigt reacts to recent developments in Malta

29/11/2019 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Pieter Omtzigt, rapporteur on ‘the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia and the rule of law in Malta and beyond: ensuring that the whole truth emerges’, today issued a statement taking stock of recent events in Malta.