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Rapporteur on Interpol Abuses, concerned about 'Red Notice' arrests in Ukraine

20/10/2017 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Bernd Fabritius has expressed his deep concern about new reports on arrests of journalists and persons who have received political asylum on the basis of Red Notices issued by Interpol.

Call for stronger protection for rights of staff in international organisations

18/10/2017 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

“The jurisdictional immunity of international organisations should not be allowed to cover abuses of the European Convention on Human Rights”, pointed out Volker Ullrich, in his report adopted by the Legal Affairs Committee.

World Day against the Death Penalty: 'fight to secure the universal abolition of this inhumane punishment'

10/10/2017 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

On the occasion of the 15th World Day against the Death Penalty (10 October 2017), the Committee reaffirmed its commitment to the right to life and reiterated that capital punishment is cruel, inhuman and degrading.

Pichugin and Navalnyy cases: failings highlighted by ECHR still not remedied by Russian authorities

27/09/2017 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Pierre-Yves Le Borgn’, rapporteur on the implementation of judgments of the ECHR, expressed concern over the situation of Alexei Pichugin and Alexei Navalnyy, applicants in two cases lodged with the Court against the Russian Federation.

Rapporteur on banning trade in torture goods encourages pan-European support for EU initiative

19/09/2017 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Vusal Huseynov, rapporteur on strengthening international regulations against trade in goods used for torture and the death penalty, welcomed the launch at the United Nations of the ‘Alliance for Torture-Free Trade’.

Committee concerned about threats to rule of law in Bulgaria, Poland, the Republic of Moldova, Romania and...

06/09/2017 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

The committee expressed concern about some recent developments which put at risk respect for the rule of law, in particular, the independence of the judiciary and the principle of the separation of powers in five member States.

Azerbaijan: concerns persist regarding the human rights situation and the functioning of justice

05/09/2017 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Since the Azerbaijani Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe and the adoption by the PACE of Resolution 2062 (2015), concerns persist regarding the human rights situation and the functioning of justice.

The genocide committed by Daesh must be prosecuted and punished

05/09/2017 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

The committee calls on member and observer states, parliaments with partner for democracy status, to recognise that “Daesh has committed genocide, notably against the Yazidi people, Christian minorities and non-Sunni Muslim minorities”.

Rapporteur condemns recent execution in Florida and testing of new lethal substance

29/08/2017 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Yves Cruchten, general rapporteur of the PACE on the abolition of the death penalty, expressed his outrage at the execution, last Thursday in Florida, of Mark James Asay, convicted of a double murder in 1988.

Rapporteur on Interpol Abuses, condemns Red Notice against Dogan Akhanli

21/08/2017 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

"I condemn the Red Notice against Dogan Akhanli requested by Turkey and invite Interpol to re-examine it in light of the rules outlawing politically-motivated interventions and to delete the Notice as appropriate”, Bernd Fabritius said.

Abolition of death penalty in Belarus, simply a question of political will

24/07/2017 | 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 two death sentences handed down by the Mogilev regional court in Belarus.

Rapporteur alarmed by disruption of separation of powers in Poland

17/07/2017 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Bernd Fabritius, rapporteur on ‘new threats to the rule of law in Council of Europe member States – selected examples’, expressed his deep alarm following the adoption of two new laws relating to the judiciary in Poland.