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Rapporteur urges Russia to drop charges against journalist in Crimea

PACE rapporteur Marieluise Beck has urged Russia to drop the charges against Mykola Semena, a Crimean journalist whose trial for “separatism” and related offences is due to begin today. More

Rapporteur alarmed by the emergency decree decriminalising certain forms of corruption in Romania

"I am seriously alarmed by the Romanian government’s emergency decree, given immediate effect, which will decriminalise many, even serious cases of corruption and abuse of public office", said Bernd Fabritius. More

PACE Rapporteurs express deep concern at Russian Constitutional Court decision

PACE rapporteurs have expressed their deep concern at a decision by Russia's Constitutional Court that a European Court of Human Rights ruling on the payment of compensation to YUKOS shareholders should not be enforced. More

Rapporteurs urge Belarusian authorities to join the European family of abolitionists

Yves Cruchten, general rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty, and Andrea Rigoni, rapporteur on the situation in Belarus, have deplored the death sentence handed down on Kiryl Kazachok by a Belarusian court. More

Improving the effectiveness of Interpol to ensure respect for human rights

“The purpose of my mandate is to assist Interpol in improving the effectiveness of its procedures aimed at ensuring respect for human rights,” said Bernd Fabritius at the opening of a hearing organised by the committee in Paris. More

Securing detainees’ access to lawyers

According to the parliamentarians meeting today in Paris, “it is crucially important for a detainee to have access to a lawyer from the outset of the detention in order to guarantee that the rights of defence are practical and effective". More