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Azerbaijan: PACE rapporteurs welcome decision to release Tofig Yagublu to house arrest

22/09/2020 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Strasbourg, 22.09.2020 – Rapporteurs from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) have welcomed the decision of the Baku Appeals Court to release jailed Azerbaijani opposition politician Tofig Yagublu into house arrest while he awaits a 28 September 2020 hearing in his case...

PACE rapporteurs concerned about the situation of lawyers in Turkey

22/09/2020 | Monitoring

Rapporteurs from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) have expressed their concern over the situation of lawyers in Turkey after a series of worrying developments – including last week’s decision of the Turkish Court of Cassation to uphold heavy prison sentences against 14...

PACE monitors urge Georgian authorities to request Venice Commission opinion on changes to the process for...

18/09/2020 | Monitoring

The PACE co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Georgia, Titus Corlatean (Romania, SOC) and Claude Kern (France, ALDE), have taken note of the amendments to the law on the Common Courts regarding the process for appointing Supreme Court judges proposed by the ruling majority. “In our previous...

Azerbaijan: PACE rapporteurs express concern at sentence for opposition politician

04/09/2020 | Monitoring

Three PACE rapporteurs have urged the Azerbaijan authorities to review the case of opposition politician Tofig Yagublu, who has just been sentenced to four years and three months in prison on charges of “hooliganism”. Mr Yagublu, one of Azerbaijan’s leading opposition politicians and a member of...

PACE rapporteurs express concern at violence during parliament rally in Sofia

04/09/2020 | Monitoring

PACE’s co-rapporteurs for post-monitoring dialogue with Bulgaria, Frank Schwabe (Germany, SOC) and Aleksander Pociej (Poland, EPP/CD), have expressed their concern at the violent developments which took place during a rally outside the Bulgarian parliament in Sofia on Wednesday. “We are alarmed...

PACE rapporteurs react to the death in prison of Turkish lawyer and human rights defender Ebru Timtik

02/09/2020 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

PACE General Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders in Council of Europe member states, Alexandra Louis (France, ALDE), together with the co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Turkey, Thomas Hammarberg (Sweden, SOC) and John Howell (United Kingdom, CE/DA), have reacted to the death...

PACE co-rapporteurs urge the Russian authorities for immediate explanation on Alexey Navalny poisoning

02/09/2020 | Monitoring

The co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for the monitoring of the Russian Federation, Ria Oomen-Ruijten (Netherlands, EPP/CD) and Axel Schäfer (Germany, SOC), have expressed their utmost concern following the German Government's announcement that Russian...

Monitoring rapporteurs react to judgment of the Court of Amsterdam regarding the independence of Polish...

04/08/2020 | Monitoring

The rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe for the monitoring of Poland, Azadeh Rohjan Gustafsson (Sweden, SOC) and Pieter Omtzigt (Netherlands, EPP/CD), reacted today to the decision of the international chamber of the Amsterdam Court regarding the Polish justice...

Rapporteurs respond to reports of mass arrests of demonstrators in Azerbaijan

31/07/2020 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Sunna Ævarsdóttir (Iceland, SOC), rapporteur of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) on reported cases of political prisoners in Azerbaijan, and Stefan Schennach (Austria, SOC) and Sir Roger Gale (United Kingdom, EC/DA), co-rapporteurs on monitoring of Azerbaijan, have today...

Monitoring co-rapporteurs for Serbia deeply concerned by financial investigations against prominent NGOs...

30/07/2020 | Monitoring

“We are deeply concerned about the information that financial investigations were launched by the Serbian Administration for the Prevention of Money Laundering against over 50 prominent activists, NGOs and investigative media, including the 2019 PACE Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prizewinner “Youth...

Monitoring co-rapporteurs urge Armenia and Azerbaijan to show restraint

17/07/2020 | Monitoring

“We are very concerned by the loss of life that the violation of the cease-fire between Armenia and Azerbaijan has caused,” said the PACE monitoring co-rapporteur for Armenia, Kimmo Kiljunen (Finland, SOC), and the co-rapporteurs for Azerbaijan, Stefan Schennach (Austria, SOC) and Sir Roger Gale...

Serbia monitors condemn violence and call for transparency

15/07/2020 | Monitoring

The PACE monitoring co-rapporteurs for Serbia, Ian Liddell-Grainger (United Kingdom, EC/DA) and Piero Fassino (Italy, SOC), have expressed great concern following the latest demonstrations and last week brutal clashes with police after new lockdown measures were announced in the country. “Any...