Legal Affairs and Human Rights


Rapporteur alarmed by on-going revelations of ‘laundromat’ money laundering, welcomes proposals to enhance EU powers

The rapporteur on new challenges in the fight against organised crime and money laundering, welcomed the news that the European Commission proposes to ensure that EU anti-money laundering regulations are properly enforced. More

Criminal proceedings: the need for minimum standards for trial waiver systems

Boriss Cilevics (Latvia, SOC) In many European States, regular criminal trials have gradually been replaced by different forms of trial waiver systems. These trial waiver systems have clear potential advantages, but also serious drawbacks. More

Sergei Magnitsky and beyond – fighting impunity by targeted sanctions

With the adoption of a report by Donald Anderson, the committee wants to reaffirm its commitment to the fight against impunity for perpetrators of serious human rights violations and against corruption. More

Ensuring unlimited access of human rights monitoring bodies to member States

“Member States should fully co-operate with the Council of Europe and United Nations human rights monitoring mechanisms and ensure their unimpeded access to their territory,” said the committee meeting in Paris. More

PACE rapporteur condemns two death sentences issued by Gaza Court

Yves Cruchten (Luxembourg, SOC), PACE rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty, has strongly condemned two death sentences issued by Gaza Court of First Instance on 26 July. More

PACE rapporteur reacts to executions in Japan

“The death penalty is never justice, however horrifying the original crime, it is simply wrong,” said Yves Cruchten, the General Rapporteur on abolition of the death penalty, reacting to news of a series of executions in Japan. More