Logo Assembly Logo Hemicycle

News

Pieter Omtzigt (Netherlands, EPP/CD)
©Council of Europe

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...

Olivier Becht / France

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...

Demonstration in Minsk, Belarus
©Shutterstock

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...

Lawyer Protection / profession

For an international legally binding instrument on the freedom of exercise of the profession of lawyer

09/09/2020 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

The Committee on Legal Affairs expressed its concern by the numerous cases of violations of lawyers’ rights, including attacks on their safety and independence, in recent years. Lawyers continue to be targeted for their involvement in human rights-related cases, or for their work denouncing...

Baku / Azerbaijan

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...

Ebru Timtik / Turkey

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...

André Gattolin

Belarus: PACE rapporteur is outraged that Dmitry Pavlichenko is back on the street

02/09/2020 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

André Gattolin (France, ALDE), the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly’s (PACE) rapporteur on “Ending enforced disappearances on the territory of the Council of Europe” has today expressed outrage that Dmitry Pavlichenko is still out in the streets of Minsk threatening demonstrators instead...