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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.

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.