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Citing ‘serious concerns’, committee calls for re-opening of Nemtsov murder investigation

28/05/2019 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

The Legal Affairs Committee has called on the Russian authorities to “re-open and continue” their investigation into the murder of Boris Nemtsov, listing a number of “serious concerns” over its independence and effectiveness.

Belarus: members denounced the judgment confirming the death sentence of Aliaksandr Asipovich

16/05/2019 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

The rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty and the Chairperson of the Political Affairs Committee, denounced the judgment of the Supreme Court of Belarus confirming the death sentence of Aliaksandr Asipovich.

Hearing on “Daphne Caruana’s assassination and the rule of law, in Malta and beyond: ensuring that the...

09/04/2019 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

The hearing on “Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination and the rule of law, in Malta and beyond: ensuring that the whole truth emerges” took place at 9am in Room 1 of the Council of Europe.

Committee alarmed at ‘politically motivated’ charges against Romanian former anti-corruption high official

08/04/2019 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Legal Affairs Committee has expressed alarm at the criminal charges laid against Laura Codruta Kovesi and suggested the charges “may well be politically motivated”.

Rapporteurs welcome presidential pardon of prisoners in Azerbaijan, call for release of all political...

19/03/2019 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Sunna Aevarsdóttir, Sir Roger Gale and Stefan Schennach welcomed the release, following the Navruz presidential pardon, of more than 400 sentenced prisoners in Azerbaijan, including over 50 persons considered to be political prisoners.

Rapporteurs react to sentencing of Memorial’s Oyub Titiev in Chechnya, Russian Federation

19/03/2019 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Rapporteurs Frank Schwabe and Raphaël Comte today reacted to the sentencing by a court in the Chechen Republic of human rights activist Oyub Titiev to four years’ imprisonment in a penal colony.

Rapporteur welcomes end to executions in California

14/03/2019 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Titus Corlăţean, PACE general rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty, has welcomed the decision by Gavin Newsom, Governor of California, to sign a moratorium on the death penalty in the state.

Rapporteur reacts to CPT public statement on torture in the North Caucasus region

12/03/2019 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Frank Schwabe, rapporteur on "the continuing need to restore human rights and the rule of law in the North Caucasus region", reacted to the CPT public statement on torture in the North Caucasus region.

Edward Snowden will participate in a round table in Strasbourg on “the protection of whistleblowers”

11/03/2019 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

A round table on whistleblowers will be organised by Sylvain Waserman on 14-15 March in the Council of Europe. This event, “The 48-hour whistle-blower challenge”, will include a live video contribution by Edward Snowden.

Legal Affairs Committee deeply concerned by extent of money laundering in the member states

04/03/2019 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

In an unanimously adopted resolution the Parliamentary Assembly Legal Affairs committee calls for enhanced national mechanisms and international co-operation to combat money laundering.

Rapporteur strongly condemns death sentences issued in Gaza

21/02/2019 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Titus Corlăţean, PACE General Rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty, has strongly condemned the death sentences recently issued in the Hamas-run Gaza strip (Palestinian Authority).

Rapporteur calls on Polish Public Television to withdraw its suit against Ombudsman

18/02/2019 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Lord Richard Balfe, rapporteur on “Ombudsman institutions in Europe - the need for a set of common standards”, reacted to the defamation lawsuit filed by Polish Public Television against the Polish Ombudsman, Adam Bodnar.