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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.

Fighting organised crime by facilitating the confiscation of illegal assets

24/01/2018 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

The Committee on Legal Affairs notes that the confiscation of criminal assets is often prevented by “an unreasonably heavy burden of proof placed on the competent national authorities" in different countries.

Rapporteurs condemn new death sentences in Belarus

23/01/2018 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Yves Cruchten, General Rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty and Andrea Rigoni, rapporteur on the situation in Belarus, have denounced two death sentences handed down by the Minsk City Court.

States urged to exercise ‘utmost caution’ before setting aside Convention rights

23/01/2018 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Council of Europe member states are being urged to exercise “utmost caution” before derogating from – or setting aside – parts of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Rapporteurs concerned at the arrest of the head of the Memorial Human Rights Centre in the Chechen Republic

11/01/2018 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Two PACE rapporteurs have expressed serious concern at the arrest of Oyub Titiev, a prominent human rights defender and head of the Memorial Human Rights Centre in the Chechen Republic.

Israel's death penalty bill: a step in the wrong direction

04/01/2018 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

"Yesterday, the Knesset gave its preliminary approval for legislation that would make it easier for a court to impose a death sentence for murder in attacks classified as terrorism. This is a worrying development," said Yves Cruchten.

Abolition of death penalty in Belarus, Supreme Court misses opportunity to quash death sentences

21/12/2017 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Yves Cruchten, General Rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty, and Andrea Rigoni, rapporteur on the situation in Belarus, have denounced the upholding of two death sentences by the Supreme Court of Belarus.

Ending the trade in instruments of torture

12/12/2017 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

“A frightening arsenal of instruments of torture are still being manufactured, sold and marketed in a number of Council of Europe member States,” Vusal Huseynov told the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights today in Paris.

A European convention to offer greater protection for the profession of lawyer

12/12/2017 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

The Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights, on the basis of a report by Sabine Lahaye-Battheu, unanimously voted in favour of drafting a European convention on the profession of lawyer.