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‘It is very shocking that Osman Kavala remains in detention’ says General Rapporteur

02/11/2020 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

The General Rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on the situation of human rights defenders in Council of Europe member States, Alexandra Louis (France, ALDE), made the following statement on the occasion of the third anniversary of the pre-trial detention of...

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Rapporteur on downing of MH17 regrets withdrawal of Russia from trilateral talks with the Netherlands and...

19/10/2020 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

PACE’s rapporteur on ensuring accountability for the downing of flight MH17 Titus Corlăţean (Romania, SOC) has regretted the withdrawal of Russia from trilateral talks with the Netherlands and Australia concerning the 2014 downing of flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 passengers on...

Alexandra / Louis / France

General Rapporteur calls for review of detention conditions of Jordi Cuixart

16/10/2020 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

PACE’s General Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders in Council of Europe member states, Alexandra Louis (France, ALDE), today made the following statement: “Three years after the detention of Jordi Cuixart, human rights defender and President of the Catalan association Omnium...

Daphne / Caruana / Galizia

Another year and still no justice for Daphne, says PACE rapporteur Pieter Omtzigt

15/10/2020 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

“Another year has passed, the third, and still there is no justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia,” declared Pieter Omtzigt, the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly’s (PACE) rapporteur for follow-up to Resolution 2293 (2019) on Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination and the rule of law in...

Pieter Omtzigt (Netherlands, EPP/CD)
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Pieter Omtzigt calls for an end to the persecution of UK oil-industry whistle-blower Jonathan Taylor

12/10/2020 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Pieter Omtzigt (Netherlands, EPP/CD), the General Rapporteur on the Protection of Whistle-blowers for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), calls for a swift end to the persecution of the British oil-industry whistle-blower Jonathan Taylor, who in 2014 helped expose USD 275...

Titus / Corlatean / death penalty

PACE rapporteur welcomes Kazakhstan's decision to abolish the death penalty

28/09/2020 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Titus Corlăţean (Romania, SOC), General Rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on the abolition of the death penalty, has welcomed the decision by the Kazakh authorities to abolish the death penalty entirely by signing the Second Optional Protocol to the...

Baku / Azerbaijan

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...

Ankara / Turkey /

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...

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Setting ethical and legal frameworks for the research, development and application of emerging neurotechnology

14/09/2020 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Even if the most spectacular applications of new neurotechnology – in particular the brain-computer interface (BCI) – remain speculative, the advances already made and the resources being devoted to research imply “an urgent need for anticipation and precautionary regulation now”, ensuring that...

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Statement on the human rights situation in Belarus

09/09/2020 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Meeting by videoconference today, PACE Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights adopted the following statement on the human rights situation in Belarus: "The Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights stands with the courageous people of Belarus who are fighting for their rights and dignity...

Algorithm / AI / Artificial Intelligence

Justice by algorithm? a committee urges smart regulation of AI in criminal justice to avoid unfairness

09/09/2020 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

PACE’s Legal Affairs Committee is calling for national legal frameworks to regulate the use of Artificial Intelligence in police and criminal justice work, based on core principles of transparency, fairness, safety, privacy, and the clear attribution of human responsibility for all decisions in...

Autonomous vehicles

‘Autonomous’ vehicles: towards regulation in line with Council of Europe standards

09/09/2020 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

“The criminal law, civil law and human rights implications of the development and introduction of autonomous vehicles must be regulated in accordance with Council of Europe standards,” said the Legal Affairs Committee, meeting by videoconference. The report by Ziya Altunyaldiz (Turkey, NR...