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PACE rapporteur urges Israeli MPs to reconsider preliminary decision to allow death penalty for terrorists

02/03/2023 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

On Wednesday the Israeli Knesset gave its preliminary approval to a bill that would allow courts to impose the death penalty for terrorists found guilty of killing Israeli citizens. “This is a worrying development,” Aleksandar Nikoloski (North Macedonia, EPP/CD), PACE’s General Rapporteur on...

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Compensation mechanisms for Ukraine the focus of a PACE hearing in Paris

13/12/2022 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Ukraine’s Deputy Justice Minister Iryna Mudra spelled out proposals for a legal mechanism enabling her country to be compensated for the damage caused by Russia’s aggression during a PACE hearing in Paris on 12 December, web-streamed live. She set out detailed proposals for the creation of an...

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Politicians and journalists targeted by spyware testify at PACE hearing in Paris

12/12/2022 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Politicians and journalists from Poland, Spain and Greece who have been targeted by the Pegasus or similar spyware gave testimony at a public hearing of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in Paris on 12 December 2022, which was live-streamed in English. The hearing...

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Compensation mechanisms for Ukraine the focus of a PACE hearing in Paris

06/12/2022 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Legal mechanisms for Ukraine to be compensated financially for the damage caused by Russia’s aggression will be the main focus of a hearing of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in Paris on 12 December, to be web-streamed live, with the participation of Ukraine’s Deputy...

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PACE rapporteur expresses concern over Alexei Navalny’s conditions of detention

29/11/2022 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Sunna Ævarsdóttir (Iceland, SOC), PACE’s rapporteur for follow-up on the implementation of Resolution 2446 (2022) on “Reported cases of political prisoners in the Russian Federation”, today reacted to news about Alexei Navalny’s indefinite solitary confinement in the penal colony where he is...

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Committee highlights need for international regulation of lethal autonomous weapons systems

15/11/2022 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

The emergence of lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS) – that can select and attack targets without human intervention – requires clear regulation of their development and use, to ensure respect for international humanitarian law and human rights, said the Legal Affairs Committee, by adopting...

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Europe can learn ‘useful lessons’ from the experience of prisons during Covid, says PACE committee

13/10/2022 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Europe can learn “useful lessons” from the experience of prisons during the Covid pandemic, continuing to use alternatives to detention to reduce the prison population and ease overcrowding, according to PACE’s Legal Affairs Committee. In a draft resolution based on a report by Givi Mikanadze...

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"There is no place for the death penalty in a State that respects human rights", says PACE General Rapporteur

09/10/2022 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

On the occasion of the World Day against the Death Penalty (10 October), PACE General Rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty Vladimir Vardanyan (Armenia, EPP/CD) made the following statement: "In this year’s World Day against the Death Penalty, we focus on capital punishment and the...

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The use of Covid passes may lead to discrimination, says committee

13/09/2022 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

The compulsory use of Covid passes, in particular vaccine passes – aimed at restricting travelling and access to certain public venues – entails risks of discrimination and infringements of human rights and fundamental freedoms, according to the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights. The...

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Covid restrictions shouldn’t be used to hinder civil society, says PACE committee

12/09/2022 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Laws aimed at combating Covid “might be used to further restrict the rights and fundamental freedoms of civil society actors”, PACE’s Legal Affairs Committee has warned. Approving a report by Margreet De Boer (Netherlands, SOC), the committee said Covid restrictions had had a “deleterious effect...

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Aggression against Ukraine, populist excesses and the Covid-19 pandemic: the Council’s values threatened on...

06/09/2022 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

The PACE Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights held its meeting in Bern and Neuchâtel (Switzerland) on 5 and 6 September 2022. In particular, it discussed the report of its ad hoc sub-committee which visited Kyiv, Bucha and Irpin at the end of June, and decided to declassify this document...

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PACE delegation, ending Kyiv visit: ‘The worst crime of all is the war itself'

29/06/2022 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

A cross-party delegation of ten members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE),* ending a visit to Kyiv on Ukraine’s Constitution Day (28 June 2022), has expressed shock at the level of evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity it saw, denounced the war in the...