Legal Affairs and Human Rights


Strengthening human rights protection through a positive relationship with national parliaments

In a meeting in Rome, Michele Nicoletti referred to the need for a positive relationship between national parliaments and the Council of Europe to extend the scope of human rights protection and secure the independence of the judiciary. More

Committee denounces abuse of administrative detention

The committee expressed concern that administrative detention has been abused to punish political opponents, obtain confessions in the absence of a lawyer, or for stifling peaceful protest. More

Two PACE committees to meet in Rome

The Committees on Legal Affairs and Rules of Procedure of the Parliamentary Assembly will meet on 17 and 18 May 2016 at the Palazzo Montecitorio in Rome, at the invitation of the Italian delegation to PACE. More

Belarus: rapporteurs strongly condemn another execution

Meritxell Mateu, general rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty, and Andrea Rigoni, rapporteur on the situation in Belarus, strongly condemn another execution carried out in Belarus. More

Call on Russian lawmakers to align NGO law with international legal standards

"I am concerned about the Duma’s proposal to further amend the Federal Law on Non-Commercial Organisations", said Yves Cruchten, rapporteur on 'How can inappropriate restrictions on NGO activities in Europe be prevented?' More

‘Ukraine must remain high on our agenda’

Participants at a joint Parliamentary Assembly hearing on “The conflict in Eastern Ukraine: political and human rights concerns” agreed that it was important to keep the situation in Ukraine high on the agenda. More