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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”.

Rapporteur on abuse of INTERPOL Red Notices welcomes publication of appeal decision extracts

05/05/2017 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Bernd Fabritius, rapporteur on “Abusive use of the INTERPOL system: the need for more stringent legal safeguards”, has welcomed INTERPOL’s recently adopted practice of publishing excerpts from decisions of its appeals body.

Rapporteurs condemn execution of Siarhei Vostrykau in Belarus

05/05/2017 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Andrea Rigoni, PACE rapporteur on the situation in Belarus and Yves Cruchten, General Rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty, strongly condemn execution of Siarhei Vostrykau in Belarus.

Turkey: reintroducing the death penalty ‘incompatible’ with Council of Europe membership

19/04/2017 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

"President Erdogan should be under no illusion: reintroducing the death penalty would be simply incompatible with Turkey’s continued membership", said Yves Cruchten, General Rapporteur on abolition of the death penalty.

Rapporteur calls on Governor of Arkansas not to proceed with planned executions

12/04/2017 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

"I am shocked that the State of Arkansas, which has not executed any prisoners since 2005, is planning to carry out seven executions in the space of eleven days," says PACE's Yves Cruchten.