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Pieter Omtzigt (Netherlands, EPP/CD)
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Assange extradition fight: Pieter Omtzigt welcomes leave for appeal to the UK Supreme Court granted by the...

25/01/2022 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Pieter Omtzigt (Netherlands, EPP/CD), the Parliamentary Assembly‘s General Rapporteur on the Protection of Whistleblowers, has welcomed yesterday’s decision of the United Kingdom’s High Court to grant leave to Julian Assange to appeal to the Supreme Court on a point of law raised by his legal...

Pieter Omtzigt (Netherlands, EPP/CD)
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Pieter Omtzigt: new whistleblower protection law in Malta ‘not fit for purpose’

20/12/2021 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Pieter Omtzigt (Netherlands, EPP/CD), the Parliamentary Assembly’s General Rapporteur on the protection of whistleblowers, has strongly criticised the reform of the Maltese law on whistleblower protection. “Last Friday’s deadline for the transposition of the EU Directive on improving...

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PACE committee calls on Russia to launch an ‘independent and effective’ investigation into the poisoning of...

07/12/2021 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

A PACE committee has called on the Russian Federation to fulfil its obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights by launching an independent and effective investigation into the poisoning of Alexei Navalny, adding that those carrying it out “must be independent from the FSB...

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Death penalty declining, but vigilance still needed in face of calls for the restoration of capital...

07/12/2021 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Declassifying today an information note prepared by Vladimir Vardanyan (Armenia, EPP/CD), the Legal Affairs Committee took stock of the abolition of the death penalty in Council of Europe member States (the Russian Federation), observer States (United States, Japan and Israel), States whose...

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General Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders concerned by the possible closure of ‘Memorial’

15/11/2021 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Alexandra Louis (France, ALDE), the Parliamentary Assembly's General Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, has expressed her concern following the launch by the Russian Prosecutor’s office of proceedings aimed at closing down the human rights NGO “Memorial”. “’Memorial’ is the...

Sergiy Vlasenko (Ukraine, EPP/CD),
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Fighting corruption and political responsibility

12/11/2021 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

The “Panama papers”, “Paradise papers”, “Laundromats”, and “Pandora papers” scandals have involved allegations that politicians used offshore schemes to evade taxes and conceal assets, raising suspicions of corruption and money laundering. Adopting a draft resolution based on the report prepared...

Vladimir Vardanyan (Armenia, EPP/CD)
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We must do more to end the death penalty, says PACE General Rapporteur

08/10/2021 | 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: “This year’s World Day against the Death Penalty is dedicated to women who risk being sentenced...

Pieter Omtzigt (Netherlands, EPP/CD)
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PACE General Rapporteur expresses serious concern at reports that US officials discussed assassinating...

28/09/2021 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Following credible reports that CIA officials discussed assassinating Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, Pieter Omtzigt (Netherlands, EPP/CD), the Parliamentary Assembly’s General Rapporteur on the protection of whistleblowers, has expressed serious concern at the possibility of the extra-judicial...

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Belarus: PACE rapporteur condemns campaign against civil society

26/07/2021 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Alexandra Louis (France, ALDE), General Rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on the situation of human rights defenders and former rapporteur on the human rights situation in Belarus, has condemned the new anti-NGO campaign in Belarus. "Civil society in Belarus...

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PACE rapporteur commemorates the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17

19/07/2021 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Titus Corlățean (Romania, SOC), PACE rapporteur on Ensuring accountability for the downing of flight MH17, has commemorated the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on 17 July 2014. “Seven long years ago, all 298 people on board, including 196 Dutch nationals, lost their lives when Malaysia...

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PACE rapporteur on political prisoners in Russia concerned about recent developments in the case of Alexey...

09/07/2021 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Sunna Ævarsdóttir (Iceland, SOC), the rapporteur on political prisoners in Russia for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), has commented on recent developments in the case of Alexey Pichugin: “I am gravely concerned at news reports from Russia that Alexey Pichugin...

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United States: the rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty welcomes the announcement of the...

06/07/2021 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Vladimir Vardanyan (Armenia, EPP/CD), General Rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on the abolition of the death penalty, has welcomed last Thursday’s announcement of the United States Attorney General Merrick Garland to temporarily halt federal executions...