Legal Affairs and Human Rights


Reviewing legislation that impedes the free and independent work of NGOs

In several Council of Europe member States the space for civil society has been shrinking over the last few years, especially in respect of NGOs working in the area of human rights, the committee has warned. More

Protecting human rights defenders

Over the past few years the number of reprisals against human rights defenders has been on the rise, the committee has said. Some of them have been threatened, physically attacked, arbitrarily arrested, detained or imprisoned. More

PACE to monitor investigation into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia

PACE is to prepare a report on the topic “Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination and the rule of law, in Malta and beyond: ensuring that the whole truth emerges”, following a motion for a resolution signed by 114 members. More

Rapporteur ‘outraged’ at execution in Alabama of 83-year-old after 30 years on death row

Yves Cruchten, PACE General Rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty, has expressed outrage at the execution in Alabama of 83-year-old convicted murderer Walter Leroy Moody, by a lethal injection of drugs. More

Yves Cruchten: ‘Turkish civil society must be able to fully enjoy the right to freedom of association and expression’

"I call on the Turkish authorities to lift the state of emergency as quickly as possible", Yves Cruchten, PACE rapporteur on “Preventing inappropriate restrictions on NGO activities in Europe”, said at the end of a visit to Ankara. More

Preventing inappropriate restrictions on NGO activities: rapporteur to visit Turkey

Yves Cruchten, who is preparing a report for the Parliamentary Assembly on preventing inappropriate restrictions on NGO activities in Europe, is to make a fact-finding visit to Turkey on 5-6 April. More