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PACE rapporteurs express dismay at death sentence in Belarus

24/11/2015 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Two rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe have expressed their dismay at a death sentence handed down in Belarus last week, and urged the authorities not to carry it out.

Rapporteur sounds the alarm on the humanitarian crisis in separatist-held regions of Ukraine

23/11/2015 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Marieluise Beck, rapporteur on legal remedies to human rights violations on the Ukrainian territories outside the control of the authorities, has sounded the alarm on the humanitarian situation in the separatist-held regions of Ukraine.

'None should die in detention' demands the committee, recalling the right to equivalent medical care

02/11/2015 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

“Nobody should die in detention” demanded the committee, recalling the right to equivalent medical care for detainees. Member States should ensure that every detainee is afforded the basic human dignity of dying outside of prison.

Facilitating access to justice via the internet

02/11/2015 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

In a report unanimously adopted today, the committee encourages member States to put in place mechanisms for alternative dispute resolution (ADR) via the Internet, by means of so-called online dispute resolution (ODR) procedures.

World Day Against the Death Penalty: our fight is not only morally but also politically justified, says...

09/10/2015 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Death penalty does not reduce crime, and merely lowers our society to the level of criminals. There has been some progress towards the universal abolition of this punishment. There is still room for further improvement.

Illegal CIA detentions: committee welcomes request to governments for supplementary information

29/09/2015 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

The committee has welcomed the initiative of Thorbjørn Jagland to request information from the Contracting Parties to the European Convention on Human Rights on “past or ongoing investigations” concerning illegal CIA detentions and renditions.

Tunisia: death penalty rapporteur concerned about new 'anti-terrorism' law

24/07/2015 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

"I share the shock caused by the recent cowardly and cruel attacks in Tunisia. However, I must strongly condemn any legislative initiative that makes provision for the death penalty", Marietta Karamanli declared.

Pre-trial detention should be a ‘last resort’ says committee

02/07/2015 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Pre-trial detention should be used “only exceptionally, as a last resort”, according to PACE’s Legal Affairs and Human Rights Committee.

Rapporteur condemns U.S. court decision to allow midazolam use in executions

01/07/2015 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Marietta Karamanli, PACE's rapporteur on abolition of the death penalty, vehemently condemns the recent decision of the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the use of a controversial drug, midazolam, in the execution of death sentences.

‘Alarm’ at high number of Strasbourg Court rulings being ignored

26/06/2015 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Legal Affairs Committee has expressed “deep concern” at the high number of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights that have still not been implemented by the States concerned – a figure that it says is stable at nearly 11,000 cases.

PACE rapporteur: justice in Romania is being frustrated by politics

19/06/2015 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

“It is a matter of serious concern that the majority in the Romanian parliament is interfering with the separation of powers and preventing judicial authorities from investigating accusations of corruption,” said Bernd Fabritius.

General rapporteur congratulates Nebraska on the abolition of the death penalty

28/05/2015 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Marietta Karamanli, PACE General rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty, welcomed the decision taken yesterday by the US state of Nebraska to abolish the death penalty.