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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.

Rapporteurs welcome Belarus court decision to suspend and review death sentences

18/06/2018 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

PACE rapporteurs Yves Cruchten and Andrea Rigoni, have welcomed the recent decision of the Supreme Court of Belarus to suspend and review the death sentences of two men while their appeals are pending.

Rapporteur welcomes Palestine’s pledge to abolish the death penalty

14/06/2018 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Yves Cruchten has commended the signing, by the Palestinian Authority, of the 1989 Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, aiming at the abolition of the death penalty.

Rapporteurs condemn two recent executions in Belarus

30/05/2018 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Yves Cruchten, rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty, and Andrea Rigoni former rapporteur on the situation in Belarus,have strongly condemned two recent executions which reportedly took place in secret in mid-May.

Reviewing legislation that impedes the free and independent work of NGOs

24/05/2018 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

In several Council of Europe member States the space for civil society has been shrinking over the last few years, especially in respect of NGOs working in the area of human rights, the committee has warned.

Protecting human rights defenders

24/05/2018 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Over the past few years the number of reprisals against human rights defenders has been on the rise, the committee has said. Some of them have been threatened, physically attacked, arbitrarily arrested, detained or imprisoned.

PACE to monitor investigation into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia

23/04/2018 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

PACE is to prepare a report on the topic “Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination and the rule of law, in Malta and beyond: ensuring that the whole truth emerges”, following a motion for a resolution signed by 114 members.

Rapporteur ‘outraged’ at execution in Alabama of 83-year-old after 30 years on death row

20/04/2018 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Yves Cruchten, PACE General Rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty, has expressed outrage at the execution in Alabama of 83-year-old convicted murderer Walter Leroy Moody, by a lethal injection of drugs.

Yves Cruchten: ‘Turkish civil society must be able to fully enjoy the right to freedom of association and...

09/04/2018 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

"I call on the Turkish authorities to lift the state of emergency as quickly as possible", Yves Cruchten, PACE rapporteur on “Preventing inappropriate restrictions on NGO activities in Europe”, said at the end of a visit to Ankara.

Preventing inappropriate restrictions on NGO activities: rapporteur to visit Turkey

29/03/2018 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Yves Cruchten, who is preparing a report for the Parliamentary Assembly on preventing inappropriate restrictions on NGO activities in Europe, is to make a fact-finding visit to Turkey on 5-6 April.