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Turkey: reintroducing the death penalty ‘incompatible’ with Council of Europe membership

"President Erdogan should be under no illusion: reintroducing the death penalty would be simply incompatible with Turkey’s continued membership", said Yves Cruchten, General Rapporteur on abolition of the death penalty. More

Rapporteur calls on Governor of Arkansas not to proceed with planned executions

"I am shocked that the State of Arkansas, which has not executed any prisoners since 2005, is planning to carry out seven executions in the space of eleven days," says PACE's Yves Cruchten. More

Rapporteur strongly condemns Hamas executions in the Gaza Strip

Yves Cruchten has condemned three executions carried out in the Gaza Strip by Hamas and urged PNC partners to intervene with Hamas to halt all executions in Gaza and to abolish the death penalty in Palestinian law. More

Derogating from the European Convention on Human Rights during an emergency: rapporteur to visit Ukraine

Raphaël Comte, who is preparing a report on “State of emergency: proportionality issues concerning derogations under Article 15 of the European Convention on Human Rights”, is to make a fact-finding visit to Ukraine on 12-14 April. More

Poland and Hungary encouraged to implement Strasbourg Court rulings

Pierre-Yves Le Borgn’, rapporteur on “The implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights”, just ended successive fact-finding visits to Warsaw (20-21 March)and Budapest (22-23 March). More

Legal Committee recommends steps to end abuse of INTERPOL’s Red Notices

“Red Notices” are part of an International Notice System, set up by INTERPOL and their alleged abuse by some member states in the pursuit of political objectives represent a serious challenge for the system, said rapporteur Bernd Fabritius. More