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Rapporteur praises work of Romania’s anti-corruption directorate

27/05/2016 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Bernd Fabritius, rapporteur on “Strengthening the rule of law in South-East European countries through targeted reform of the legal system”, has praised the work of Romania’s National Anti-corruption Directorate.

Strengthening the rule of law in South-East European countries: rapporteur to make fact-finding visit

20/05/2016 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Bernd Fabritius will conduct a fact-finding visit to Bucharest and to Chisinau, in connection with the preparation of his report on “Strengthening the rule of law in South-East European countries through targeted reform of the legal system”.

Co-operation with the ICC: towards a concrete and expanded commitment

20/05/2016 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

“The system created to fight impunity and to complement national jurisdictions needs the support of all States to be fully efficient”, said Alain Destexhe at the opening of the hearing on co-operation with the ICC.

Call for measures against unregulated and non-transparent lobbying

18/05/2016 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

As the target of an estimated 25 000 to 30 000 lobbyists, the EU institutions need to do more to ensure transparency and openness, Natasa Vučković has said in a report adopted in Rome today.

Parliamentary accountability: a matter of ethics or politics?

18/05/2016 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

“Parliamentary responsibility is a fundamental concept for the smooth functioning of any representative democracy,” Michele Nicoletti said, introducing a joint seminar on parliamentary accountability today in Rome.

Ensuring respect for ECHR norms: parliamentary structures to supervise compliance

18/05/2016 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Speaking at a seminar in Rome, Paul Mahoney, Judge of the European Court of Human Rights with respect to the United Kingdom mentioned the utility of parliamentary action in ensuring respect for ECHR norms.

Strengthening human rights protection through a positive relationship with national parliaments

17/05/2016 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

In a meeting in Rome, Michele Nicoletti referred to the need for a positive relationship between national parliaments and the Council of Europe to extend the scope of human rights protection and secure the independence of the judiciary.

Committee denounces abuse of administrative detention

17/05/2016 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

The committee expressed concern that administrative detention has been abused to punish political opponents, obtain confessions in the absence of a lawyer, or for stifling peaceful protest.

Two PACE committees to meet in Rome

12/05/2016 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

The Committees on Legal Affairs and Rules of Procedure of the Parliamentary Assembly will meet on 17 and 18 May 2016 at the Palazzo Montecitorio in Rome, at the invitation of the Italian delegation to PACE.

Belarus: rapporteurs strongly condemn another execution

09/05/2016 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Meritxell Mateu, general rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty, and Andrea Rigoni, rapporteur on the situation in Belarus, strongly condemn another execution carried out in Belarus.

Call on Russian lawmakers to align NGO law with international legal standards

04/05/2016 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

"I am concerned about the Duma’s proposal to further amend the Federal Law on Non-Commercial Organisations", said Yves Cruchten, rapporteur on 'How can inappropriate restrictions on NGO activities in Europe be prevented?'

Committee points to ‘climate of pervading fear’ in Chechen Republic

19/04/2016 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

The committee has pointed to “a climate of pervading fear in an atmosphere of personalisation of power” in the Chechen Republic and said that recommendations it made remain “largely unimplemented”.