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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.

Call for renewed commitment to the European Convention on Human Rights

08/12/2017 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

To mark Human Rights Day 2017, Olena Sotnyk, Chairperson of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights, has called for Council of Europe member States to renew their commitment to the organisation’s basic standards.

‘Failed’ execution in Ohio: a barbaric and unacceptable act of torture

16/11/2017 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Yves Cruchten, General Rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty, has expressed outrage at the ‘failed’ execution in Ohio of 69-year-old convicted murderer, Alva Campbell, who suffers with serious breathing difficulties.

The Convention on the Protection of Personal Data needs to be modernised

13/11/2017 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

In response to developments in information technologies, the committee considers it urgent to modernise the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data.

Derogating from the European Convention on Human Rights during an emergency: rapporteur to visit Turkey

31/10/2017 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Raphaël Comte, who is preparing a report on “State of emergency: proportionality issues concerning derogations under Article 15 of the European Convention on Human Rights”, is to make a fact-finding visit to Turkey.