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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.

General Rapporteur condemns execution in Virginia

13/07/2017 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

The General Rapporteur on abolition of the death penalty for the PACE, Yves Cruchten, has strongly condemned the execution of William Charles Morva in the US Federal State of Virginia, on 6 July.

General rapporteur condemns executions in Japan

13/07/2017 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

The General Rapporteur on abolition of the death penalty for the PACE, Yves Cruchten, has strongly condemned the execution of two men – Masakatsu Nishikawa and Koichi Sumida – in Japan on 6 July 2017.

Committee proposes to endorse the Venice Commission’s Rule of Law Checklist

03/07/2017 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

PACE's Legal Committee welcomes the Venice Commission’s "Rule of Law Checklist" - which introduces a new, uniform benchmark for measuring compliance with one of the founding principles of the Council of Europe.

Committee holds a parliamentary hearing on “European Court of Human Rights: the way forward, achievements...

27/06/2017 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

On 27 June 2017 the committee held a parliamentary hearing on this subject with the participation of Professor Marc Bossuyt, Professor Krzysztof Drzewicki and Dr. Peter Schneiderhan.

Arrest of Taner Kiliç: PACE rapporteur expresses deep concern

08/06/2017 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

"I am deeply concerned at the arrest of Taner Kiliç, a lawyer and head of Amnesty International in Turkey, suspected of belonging to the Gülen movement," said rapporteur Yves Pozzo Di Borgo (France, EPP/CD).

Joint statement on the availability of domestic remedies for allegations of human rights violations in Turkey

24/05/2017 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Bernd Fabritius and Raphael Comte today expressed their concern at the apparent lack of an effective domestic remedy for persons who have been dismissed from their jobs, arrested or detained by the Turkish authorities.

Committee highlights delays in the implementation of judgments of the Court

18/05/2017 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

At its meeting in Belgrade, the Legal Affairs Committee deplored the “delays in implementing the Court’s judgments, the lack of political will to implement judgments on the part of certain States Parties and all attempts made to undermine the Court’s authority and the Convention-based human...

Rapporteur calls for an inquiry into the circumstances of the death of Mehman Galandarov

05/05/2017 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

“Following the death in prison of the Azerbaijani blogger Mehman Galandarov, who had been in pre-trial detention for almost three months, Alain Destexhe appeals to the Azerbaijani authorities to shed light on the circumstances of his death”.