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General Rapporteur condemns execution in Virginia

The General Rapporteur on abolition of the death penalty for the PACE, Yves Cruchten, has strongly condemned the execution of William Charles Morva in the US Federal State of Virginia, on 6 July. More

General rapporteur condemns executions in Japan

The General Rapporteur on abolition of the death penalty for the PACE, Yves Cruchten, has strongly condemned the execution of two men – Masakatsu Nishikawa and Koichi Sumida – in Japan on 6 July 2017. More

Committee proposes to endorse the Venice Commission’s Rule of Law Checklist

PACE's Legal Committee welcomes the Venice Commission’s "Rule of Law Checklist" - which introduces a new, uniform benchmark for measuring compliance with one of the founding principles of the Council of Europe. More

Committee holds a parliamentary hearing on “European Court of Human Rights: the way forward, achievements and challenges”

On 27 June 2017 the committee held a parliamentary hearing on this subject with the participation of Professor Marc Bossuyt, Professor Krzysztof Drzewicki and Dr. Peter Schneiderhan. More

Arrest of Taner Kiliç: PACE rapporteur expresses deep concern

"I am deeply concerned at the arrest of Taner Kiliç, a lawyer and head of Amnesty International in Turkey, suspected of belonging to the Gülen movement," said rapporteur Yves Pozzo Di Borgo (France, EPP/CD). More

Joint statement on the availability of domestic remedies for allegations of human rights violations in Turkey

Bernd Fabritius and Raphael Comte today expressed their concern at the apparent lack of an effective domestic remedy for persons who have been dismissed from their jobs, arrested or detained by the Turkish authorities. More