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Israel's death penalty bill: a step in the wrong direction

"Yesterday, the Knesset gave its preliminary approval for legislation that would make it easier for a court to impose a death sentence for murder in attacks classified as terrorism. This is a worrying development," said Yves Cruchten. More

Abolition of death penalty in Belarus, Supreme Court misses opportunity to quash death sentences

Yves Cruchten, General Rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty, and Andrea Rigoni, rapporteur on the situation in Belarus, have denounced the upholding of two death sentences by the Supreme Court of Belarus. More

A European convention to offer greater protection for the profession of lawyer

The Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights, on the basis of a report by Sabine Lahaye-Battheu, unanimously voted in favour of drafting a European convention on the profession of lawyer. More

Ending the trade in instruments of torture

“A frightening arsenal of instruments of torture are still being manufactured, sold and marketed in a number of Council of Europe member States,” Vusal Huseynov told the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights today in Paris. More

Call for renewed commitment to the European Convention on Human Rights

To mark Human Rights Day 2017, Olena Sotnyk, Chairperson of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights, has called for Council of Europe member States to renew their commitment to the organisation’s basic standards. More

‘Failed’ execution in Ohio: a barbaric and unacceptable act of torture

Yves Cruchten, General Rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty, has expressed outrage at the ‘failed’ execution in Ohio of 69-year-old convicted murderer, Alva Campbell, who suffers with serious breathing difficulties. More