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Reinstating of death penalty in the US: rapporteur deeply regrets the Federal Government’s decision

Titus Corlăţean expressed his deep regret at the decision of the USA Federal Government to resume capital punishment and to schedule executions of five death-row inmates, announced by the Department of Justice. More

Morocco: a rapporteur calls on the authorities not to apply the death penalty

Titus Corlăţean, rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty, condemned the death sentences handed down recently in Morocco in the trial concerning the murder of two Scandinavian tourists in 2018. More

Rapporteur strongly condemns death sentence issued in the Hamas-run Gaza strip

Titus Corlăţean, General Rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty, has strongly condemned the death sentence recently issued in the Hamas-run Gaza strip (Palestinian Authority). More

Rapporteur welcomes announcement of public inquiry into the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia

Pieter Omtzigt (Netherlands, EPP/CD) Pieter Omtzigt, PACE Rapporteur on Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination, has welcomed the Maltese Government’s undertaking to carry out a public inquiry into the background to the murder of the prominent journalist. More

Committee backs new principles aimed at ensuring Ombudspersons stay independent

The Legal Affairs Committee has given its backing to a new set of principles aimed at ensuring national Ombudsman’s offices across Europe remain independent, objective, transparent, fair and impartial. More

Improving the protection of whistleblowers

The committee has proposed that Council of Europe member States, which are also members of the EU, transpose into their national legislation the European Parliament's directive aimed at “guaranteeing a high level of protection” to whistleblowers. More