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Alexandra / Louis / France

Perpetrators of serious human rights violations in Belarus must be brought to justice

23/03/2021 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Council of Europe member States are being urged to use universal jurisdiction and “Magnitsky laws” to bring to justice the perpetrators of serious human rights violations in Belarus during the recent protests and government crackdown, including torture. Approving a report by Alexandra Louis...

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PACE rapporteurs react to imprisonment of Alexei Navalny

03/02/2021 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Sunna Ævarsdóttir (Iceland, SOC), PACE’s rapporteur on political prisoners in the Russian Federation, and Jacques Maire (France, ALDE), rapporteur on the poisoning of Alexei Navalny, Russian opposition politician and anti-corruption campaigner, have today reacted to his sentencing to two years...

Constantinos Efstathiou

Increasing legal and political difficulties hinder the implementation of Strasbourg Court judgments

26/01/2021 | Session

Despite progress in the implementation of Strasbourg Court judgments and a constant reduction in the number of judgments pending before the Committee of Ministers – from around 10,000 in 2010 to 5 231 at the end of 2019, thanks to the reform following the 2010 Interlaken conference – PACE remains...

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Belarus: General Rapporteur condemns handing down of a new death sentence

20/01/2021 | 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 condemned the handing down in Belarus of a death sentence on Viktar Skrundzik for the murder of two elderly people and an attempt to...

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General rapporteur deeply regrets executions at federal level in the US

20/01/2021 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Vladimir Vardanyan (Armenia, EPP/CD), PACE General Rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty, expressed his deep regret at the executions at a federal level in the United States of Corey Johnson and Dustin Higgs, respectively on 14 and 16 January. “Whilst I have every sympathy for all...

Alexey Navalny / Russian Federation
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PACE committee holds hearing on the poisoning of Alexey Navalny

19/01/2021 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

The poisoning of Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny was the focus of a PACE virtual parliamentary hearing livestreamed today – at which participants were told that Mr Navalny had been tracked by a Russian security service team, which included chemical weapons specialists, prior to his...

Alexey Navalny / Russian Federation
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Alexei Navalny due to take part in livestreamed PACE hearing

15/01/2021 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

The PACE Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights is to organise a parliamentary hearing by videoconference on the subject of “the poisoning of Alexei Navalny” on Tuesday 19th January 2021, beginning at around 10.30am Central European Time. Participants in the hearing, organised in the...

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PACE rapporteur on death penalty expresses deep regret at US federal execution of Lisa Montgomery

14/01/2021 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Vladimir Vardanyan (Armenia, EPP/CD), PACE general rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty, has expressed his deep regret at Wednesday's execution at a federal level in the United States of Lisa Montgomery. “Whilst I have every sympathy for all those affected by the crime, I am deeply...

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Rapporteurs urge Turkish parliament not to adopt new restrictions on NGOs

21/12/2020 | Monitoring

PACE monitors for Turkey Thomas Hammarberg (Sweden, SOC) and John Howell (United Kingdom, EC/DA) and Alexandra Louis (France, ALDE), PACE rapporteur on Restrictions on NGO activities in Council of Europe member States, expressed their deep concern about possible new restrictions which could be...

Daphne / Caruana / Galizia

Malta’s response to Assembly demands on Daphne’s assassination and the rule of law ‘unsatisfactory’

08/12/2020 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Malta’s implementation of Assembly recommendations on ensuring justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia and strengthening the rule of law is “unsatisfactory”, the Assembly’s Legal Affairs Committee has said, endorsing a follow-up report by its rapporteur Pieter Omtzigt (Netherlands, EPP/CD) made...

Alexandra / Louis / France

Some States continue to apply restrictions on NGO activities, committee says

08/12/2020 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

The Legal Affairs Committee, meeting by videoconference, today expressed its concern that civil society space was shrinking in several member States, stressing that “restrictive legislation and regulations were still being applied, particularly in Azerbaijan, the Russian Federation and Turkey...

Orlando / Andrea

Judges in Moldova and Poland must remain independent, says PACE committee

08/12/2020 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

PACE’s Legal Affairs Committee has urged authorities in the Republic of Moldova and in Poland to take a series of steps to uphold the rule of law and ensure judicial independence. Approving a report by Andrea Orlando (Italy, SOC), the committee said it was concerned by “the proximity of part of...