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PACE rapporteur: Italy must promptly implement Strasbourg Court judgments

27/10/2014 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Klaas de Vries has welcomed the ongoing efforts of Italian authorities to implement judgments of the ECHR, but expressed his concern that Italy has the highest number of pending non-implemented Court judgments.

PACE committee calls for the release of civil society activists in Azerbaijan

30/09/2014 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

PACE Legal Affairs Committee today deplored the recent arrests and convictions of human rights defenders and NGO leaders in Azerbaijan and called on the authorities to release them and to refrain from unfairly prosecuting others.

PACE rapporteur denounces arrest of Azerbaijani human rights defender Leyla Yunus on treason charges

03/08/2014 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

A few weeks ago, I expressed concern about the severe judicial and administrative harassment of Azerbaijani human rights defender Leyla Yunus. Today, I must denounce her arrest and detention, said Mailis Reps.

General rapporteur on abolition of the death penalty concerned about the latest execution in the United States

25/07/2014 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Marietta Karamanli, general rapporteur of the PACE on the abolition of the death penalty, said that she stood aghast at news of what appears to have been yet another botched execution in the United States.

Dick Marty (Switzerland, ALDE)

Timeline: the Council of Europe's investigation into CIA secret prisons in Europe

24/07/2014 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

In two PACE reports in 2006 and 2007, Swiss Senator Dick Marty revealed convincing evidence that terror suspects were being transported to and held in CIA-run “secret prisons” on European soil. This timeline charts the critical role played by the different bodies of the Council of Europe – most...

Call for additional measures to strengthen the independence of the Strasbourg Court

27/06/2014 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Notwithstanding the various measures taken over the years to strengthen the independence of the Court, there is still room for improvement, the Parliamentary Assembly said today.

Edward Snowden: I left it to others to decide what to reveal

24/06/2014 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

US whistleblower Edward Snowden told a PACE hearing today why he blew the whistle on government spying, and how he sought to minimise any harm – as well as sharing his thoughts on the best way to protect other whistleblowers.

Azerbaijan: rapporteur expresses concern at human rights defenders’ situation

20/06/2014 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

“The situation of human rights defenders in Azerbaijan has dramatically deteriorated since my last visit to this country in November 2013”, said PACE rapporteur Mailis Reps (Estonia, ALDE).

United States: General rapporteur on abolition of the death penalty aghast at news of three executions...

20/06/2014 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Marietta Karamanli, rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty, expressed dismay about the executions in the United States and deplores that Florida, Georgia and Missouri have executed three death row inmates, within 24 hours.

European institutions and human rights in Europe: rapporteur to make fact-finding visit to Brussels

06/06/2014 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Michael McNamara will make a fact-finding visit to Brussels on 12-13 June, in the context of the preparation of his report on “European institutions and human rights in Europe”.

Abuse of pre-trial detention: PACE rapporteur to make fact-finding visit to Turkey

06/06/2014 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Pedro Agramunt will make a fact-finding visit to Ankara on 11-12 June, in the context of the preparation of his report on the “Abuse of pre-trial detention in States Parties to the European Convention on Human Rights”.

Rapporteur expresses concern at the implementation of the ‘Foreign Agents Law’ in Russia

03/06/2014 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Recent events in Russia concerning human rights defenders and civil society are disappointing and prove that the state-orchestrated campaign aimed at silencing independent civil society continues, stated Mailis Reps.