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National parliaments as guarantors of human rights in Europe – new handbook published

08/10/2018 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

A handbook for parliamentarians from all over Europe published today by the PACE sets out ways and means to protect and implement human rights, within a democracy underpinned by the rule of law.

Hearing on the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia

08/10/2018 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

The Parliamentary Assembly's Legal Affairs Committee today held a hearing on “Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination and the rule of law, in Malta and beyond: ensuring that the whole truth emerges”.

Rapporteur alarmed by on-going revelations of ‘laundromat’ money laundering, welcomes proposals to enhance...

12/09/2018 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

The rapporteur on new challenges in the fight against organised crime and money laundering, welcomed the news that the European Commission proposes to ensure that EU anti-money laundering regulations are properly enforced.

Sergei Magnitsky and beyond – fighting impunity by targeted sanctions

10/09/2018 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

With the adoption of a report by Donald Anderson, the committee wants to reaffirm its commitment to the fight against impunity for perpetrators of serious human rights violations and against corruption.

Criminal proceedings: the need for minimum standards for trial waiver systems

10/09/2018 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

In many European States, regular criminal trials have gradually been replaced by different forms of trial waiver systems. These trial waiver systems have clear potential advantages, but also serious drawbacks.

Ensuring unlimited access of human rights monitoring bodies to member States

10/09/2018 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

“Member States should fully co-operate with the Council of Europe and United Nations human rights monitoring mechanisms and ensure their unimpeded access to their territory,” said the committee meeting in Paris.

PACE rapporteur condemns two death sentences issued by Gaza Court

01/08/2018 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Yves Cruchten (Luxembourg, SOC), PACE rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty, has strongly condemned two death sentences issued by Gaza Court of First Instance on 26 July.

PACE rapporteur reacts to executions in Japan

09/07/2018 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

“The death penalty is never justice, however horrifying the original crime, it is simply wrong,” said Yves Cruchten, the General Rapporteur on abolition of the death penalty, reacting to news of a series of executions in Japan.

Rapporteur concerned by renewed detention of Chechen human rights defender, urges his release

29/06/2018 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Egidijus Vareikis, rapporteur on protecting human rights defenders in Council of Europe member States, has expressed concern at the prolongation of the detention on remand of Oyub Titiev.

Rapporteur seeks anonymous information on Daphne Caruana Galizia murder

26/06/2018 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Pieter Omtzigt, rapporteur on the investigation into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta, has been authorised to receive information from anonymous sources and to protect their identity.

Smolensk crash: Russia should hand over the aircraft wreckage to Polish authorities ‘without further delay’

25/06/2018 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

The PACE Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights considers that the Russian Federation should “hand over the wreckage of the Polish Air Force Tu-154 to the competent Polish authorities without further delay”.

Rapporteur concerned at adoption of so-called ‘Stop Soros’ law

21/06/2018 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Yves Cruchten has expressed concern at the adoption by the Hungarian Parliament on 20 June of a package of laws criminalising the work of NGOs who help asylum-seekers and migrants.