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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

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