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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.

Rapporteur strongly condemns Hamas executions in the Gaza Strip

07/04/2017 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Yves Cruchten has condemned three executions carried out in the Gaza Strip by Hamas and urged PNC partners to intervene with Hamas to halt all executions in Gaza and to abolish the death penalty in Palestinian law.

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

06/04/2017 | 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 Ukraine on 12-14 April.

Poland and Hungary encouraged to implement Strasbourg Court rulings

24/03/2017 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Pierre-Yves Le Borgn’, rapporteur on “The implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights”, just ended successive fact-finding visits to Warsaw (20-21 March)and Budapest (22-23 March).

Legal Committee recommends steps to end abuse of INTERPOL’s Red Notices

07/03/2017 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

“Red Notices” are part of an International Notice System, set up by INTERPOL and their alleged abuse by some member states in the pursuit of political objectives represent a serious challenge for the system, said rapporteur Bernd Fabritius.

Committee praises anti-torture committee’s ‘outstanding’ work, outlines next steps

07/03/2017 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

The Legal Affairs Committee has congratulated the CPT on its “outstanding work” in the last 25 years, which has led to significant improvements in places of detention in member states, but believes more can be done to improve its efficiency.

Rapporteur urges Russia to drop charges against journalist in Crimea

17/02/2017 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

PACE rapporteur Marieluise Beck has urged Russia to drop the charges against Mykola Semena, a Crimean journalist whose trial for “separatism” and related offences is due to begin today.

Rapporteur alarmed by the emergency decree decriminalising certain forms of corruption in Romania

02/02/2017 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

"I am seriously alarmed by the Romanian government’s emergency decree, given immediate effect, which will decriminalise many, even serious cases of corruption and abuse of public office", said Bernd Fabritius.

PACE Rapporteurs express deep concern at Russian Constitutional Court decision

21/01/2017 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

PACE rapporteurs have expressed their deep concern at a decision by Russia's Constitutional Court that a European Court of Human Rights ruling on the payment of compensation to YUKOS shareholders should not be enforced.

Rapporteurs urge Belarusian authorities to join the European family of abolitionists

04/01/2017 | 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 deplored the death sentence handed down on Kiryl Kazachok by a Belarusian court.

Improving the effectiveness of Interpol to ensure respect for human rights

14/12/2016 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

“The purpose of my mandate is to assist Interpol in improving the effectiveness of its procedures aimed at ensuring respect for human rights,” said Bernd Fabritius at the opening of a hearing organised by the committee in Paris.

Protecting foreign investments through reliable and neutral dispute resolution mechanisms

13/12/2016 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

PACE Committee on Legal Affairs meeting today in Paris, said that that effective protection of foreign investments “requires reliable, efficient and neutral dispute resolution mechanisms”.