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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

Abolition of death penalty in Belarus, simply a question of political will

Yves Cruchten, General Rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty, and Andrea Rigoni, rapporteur on the situation in Belarus, have denounced the two death sentences handed down by the Mogilev regional court in Belarus. More

Rapporteur alarmed by disruption of separation of powers in Poland

Bernd Fabritius, rapporteur on ‘new threats to the rule of law in Council of Europe member States – selected examples’, expressed his deep alarm following the adoption of two new laws relating to the judiciary in Poland. More

General Rapporteur condemns execution in Virginia

The General Rapporteur on abolition of the death penalty for the PACE, Yves Cruchten, has strongly condemned the execution of William Charles Morva in the US Federal State of Virginia, on 6 July. More

General rapporteur condemns executions in Japan

The General Rapporteur on abolition of the death penalty for the PACE, Yves Cruchten, has strongly condemned the execution of two men – Masakatsu Nishikawa and Koichi Sumida – in Japan on 6 July 2017. More

Committee proposes to endorse the Venice Commission’s Rule of Law Checklist

PACE's Legal Committee welcomes the Venice Commission’s "Rule of Law Checklist" - which introduces a new, uniform benchmark for measuring compliance with one of the founding principles of the Council of Europe. More