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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.

PACE rapporteur urges Japan to halt planned executions

19/03/2018 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

The General Rapporteur on abolition of the death penalty for the PACE, Yves Cruchten, has called on the Japanese authorities to halt the planned executions of 13 members of the Aum Shinrikyo cult.

‘Hybrid war’ may be complex, but it does not operate in a legal vacuum

14/03/2018 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

The committee noted with concern that nowadays states are more and more often confronted with the phenomenon of “hybrid war”, which poses a new type of threat based on a combination of military and non-military means.

Positive narratives to stop terror – appealing to ‘shared values’

14/03/2018 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

CoE member States should go beyond security measures and work with Muslim communities and other priority audiences to produce “tailored, flexible and positive” alternative narratives to terrorist propaganda, the committee said.

Belarus: rapporteurs strongly condemn the execution of Kiryl Kazachok in October 2017

08/03/2018 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Yves Cruchten, General Rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty, and Andrea Rigoni, former rapporteur on the situation in Belarus, have strongly condemned the execution of Kiryl Kazachok.