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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”.

Securing detainees’ access to lawyers

13/12/2016 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

According to the parliamentarians meeting today in Paris, “it is crucially important for a detainee to have access to a lawyer from the outset of the detention in order to guarantee that the rights of defence are practical and effective".

PACE: condemnation of recent executions in Belarus

29/11/2016 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Andrea Rigoni, Rapporteur on the situation in Belarus and Alain Destexhe, Chair of the Legal Affairs Committee, have expressed deep concern at press reports according to executions in Belarus.

Executions in Japan: 'Our fight against the death penalty must go on'

24/11/2016 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

“I am shocked that Japan, an observer State with the Council of Europe, continues to apply the capital punishment”, declared Alain Destexhe, President of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights.

Rapporteur expresses concern at Russia’s decision to withdraw its signature from the Rome Statute

17/11/2016 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

I regret that the Russian Federation announced its intention to withdraw its signature from the Rome Statute, said Alain Destexhe, rapporteur charged with the follow-up to the report on co-operation with the International Criminal Court.

World Day against the Death Penalty: abolition is a precondition for membership of the Council of Europe

10/10/2016 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

On the occasion of the World Day against the Death Penalty, the Committee on Legal Affairs reaffirmed its commitment to the right to life and reiterated that abolition is a precondition for membership of the Council of Europe.

The fight against impunity for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes

08/09/2016 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

The committee reaffirmed its full support for the International Criminal Court (ICC), the first ever permanent independent judicial body able to try people accused of the most serious crimes.

‘Serious human rights violations’ still occurring in Crimea and the Donbas

06/09/2016 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Both in Crimea and in the conflict zone in the Donbas region, serious human rights violations have occurred and are still occurring, Marieluise Beck said when presenting her report today to the committee.

How can inappropriate restrictions on NGOs activities in Europe be prevented?

07/06/2016 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

"Too many restrictions on NGOs carrying out activities in public policy affairs have been imposed in certain Council of Europe member States, mostly by preventing them from receiving funding from abroad", said Yves Cruchten.

PACE rapporteurs strongly condemn Hamas executions in the Gaza Strip

31/05/2016 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Two rapporteurs have strongly condemned the three executions carried out in the Gaza Strip by Hamas.“These executions are a clear violation of the Palestinian National Council’s ‘Partnership for democracy’ with the Assembly", they said.