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Belarus: rapporteur denounces the judgment sentencing Viktar Serhil to death

05/11/2019 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Titus Corlăţean, rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty, has denounced a judgment of the Brest Regional Court (Belarus) sentencing to death Viktar Serhil in a trial concerning the murder of an eight-month-old girl.

Protection of whistleblowers: legislation must be changed, says rapporteur

22/10/2019 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Parlimentary Assembly rapporteur Sylvain Waserman has commented on recent cases involving whistleblowers in Serbia and the United States, two countries with very protective whistleblower laws.

Daphne Caruana Galizia: ‘Her legacy will be measured in truth and justice’

15/10/2019 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

“Before all else, my thoughts are with Daphne’s family on this day of mourning. Two years after her brutal assassination, they are still fighting for justice," said Peter Omtzigt (Netherlands, EPP/CD).

Rapporteur calls for assurances that developments in Syria will not jeopardise justice for the victims of...

11/10/2019 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Pieter Omtzigt, rapporteur on “Addressing the issue of Daesh foreign fighters and their families...”, responded to the withdrawal of US military forces from northern Syria and the subsequent military incursion by Turkish forces.

Marking anti-death penalty day, committee focuses on the trauma of children whose parents are executed

09/10/2019 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Children whose parents have been sentenced to death or executed face trauma, and an “emotional and psychological burden” which can violate their rights, PACE’s Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights has pointed out.

PACE Rapporteur calls on Russia to return the wreckage of Polish Presidential plane to Poland

02/10/2019 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Following a resolution from the Parliamentary Assembly a year ago, rapporteur Pieter Omtzigt has urged Russia to return the wreckage of the Polish Presidential plane to Poland without further delay.

The committee is deeply concerned regarding the detrimental effects Climate Change

01/10/2019 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Meeting today in Strasbourg, the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights, deeply concerned regarding the detrimental effects Climate Change, adopted the following statement:

Daphne Caruana Galizia inquiry in Malta ‘does not meet the Assembly’s expectations’

30/09/2019 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

The public inquiry into the murder of assassinated journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia recently announced by the Maltese authorities “clearly does not meet the Assembly’s expectations” as currently constituted.

Rapporteur on human rights in the North Caucasus looks forward to further dialogue with the authorities

21/09/2019 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Frank Schwabe (Germany, SOC), PACE rapporteur on human rights in the North Caucasus, ending a three-day fact-finding visit to Moscow and Grozny, has welcomed ongoing dialogue with the authorities.

Pieter Omtzigt welcomes decision to set up inquiry into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia

21/09/2019 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

PACE’s rapporteur on the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia and the rule of law in Malta has welcomed the decision of the Maltese authorities to set up a public inquiry into the journalist’s murder.

Rapporteur on human rights in the North Caucasus to visit Moscow and Grozny

17/09/2019 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Frank Schwabe, who is preparing a report on “the continuing need to restore human rights and the rule of law in the North Caucasus region”, is to make a visit to Moscow and Grozny from 18-20 September.

Rapporteur backs asylum for Snowden, calls on Europe to create asylum procedure for whistleblowers

17/09/2019 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

“It is time for the creation of an asylum procedure specific to whistleblowers,” said Sylvain Waserman, Rapporteur on improving the protection of whistleblowers, commenting on Edward Snowden's recent statement.