Legal Affairs and Human Rights


Rapporteur on banning trade in torture goods encourages pan-European support for EU initiative

Vusal Huseynov, rapporteur on strengthening international regulations against trade in goods used for torture and the death penalty, welcomed the launch at the United Nations of the ‘Alliance for Torture-Free Trade’. More

Committee concerned about threats to rule of law in Bulgaria, Poland, the Republic of Moldova, Romania and Turkey

The committee expressed concern about some recent developments which put at risk respect for the rule of law, in particular, the independence of the judiciary and the principle of the separation of powers in five member States. More

The genocide committed by Daesh must be prosecuted and punished

The committee calls on member and observer states, parliaments with partner for democracy status, to recognise that “Daesh has committed genocide, notably against the Yazidi people, Christian minorities and non-Sunni Muslim minorities”. More

Azerbaijan: concerns persist regarding the human rights situation and the functioning of justice

Since the Azerbaijani Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe and the adoption by the PACE of Resolution 2062 (2015), concerns persist regarding the human rights situation and the functioning of justice. More

Rapporteur condemns recent execution in Florida and testing of new lethal substance

Yves Cruchten, general rapporteur of the PACE on the abolition of the death penalty, expressed his outrage at the execution, last Thursday in Florida, of Mark James Asay, convicted of a double murder in 1988. More

Rapporteur on Interpol Abuses, condemns Red Notice against Dogan Akhanli

"I condemn the Red Notice against Dogan Akhanli requested by Turkey and invite Interpol to re-examine it in light of the rules outlawing politically-motivated interventions and to delete the Notice as appropriate”, Bernd Fabritius said. More