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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

Protecting foreign investments through reliable and neutral dispute resolution mechanisms

Pieter Omtzigt (Netherlands, EPP/CD) PACE Committee on Legal Affairs meeting today in Paris, said that that effective protection of foreign investments “requires reliable, efficient and neutral dispute resolution mechanisms”. More

PACE: condemnation of recent executions in Belarus

Andrea Rigoni, Rapporteur on the situation in Belarus and Alain Destexhe, Chair of the Legal Affairs Committee, have expressed deep concern at press reports according to executions in Belarus. More

Executions in Japan: 'Our fight against the death penalty must go on'

“I am shocked that Japan, an observer State with the Council of Europe, continues to apply the capital punishment”, declared Alain Destexhe, President of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights. More