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Rapporteur expresses concern at Russia’s decision to withdraw its signature from the Rome Statute

I regret that the Russian Federation announced its intention to withdraw its signature from the Rome Statute, said Alain Destexhe, rapporteur charged with the follow-up to the report on co-operation with the International Criminal Court. More

World Day against the Death Penalty: abolition is a precondition for membership of the Council of Europe

On the occasion of the World Day against the Death Penalty, the Committee on Legal Affairs reaffirmed its commitment to the right to life and reiterated that abolition is a precondition for membership of the Council of Europe. More

The fight against impunity for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes

The committee reaffirmed its full support for the International Criminal Court (ICC), the first ever permanent independent judicial body able to try people accused of the most serious crimes. More

‘Serious human rights violations’ still occurring in Crimea and the Donbas

Both in Crimea and in the conflict zone in the Donbas region, serious human rights violations have occurred and are still occurring, Marieluise Beck said when presenting her report today to the committee. More

How can inappropriate restrictions on NGOs activities in Europe be prevented?

"Too many restrictions on NGOs carrying out activities in public policy affairs have been imposed in certain Council of Europe member States, mostly by preventing them from receiving funding from abroad", said Yves Cruchten. More

PACE rapporteurs strongly condemn Hamas executions in the Gaza Strip

Two rapporteurs have strongly condemned the three executions carried out in the Gaza Strip by Hamas.“These executions are a clear violation of the Palestinian National Council’s ‘Partnership for democracy’ with the Assembly", they said. More