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Ending the trade in instruments of torture

“A frightening arsenal of instruments of torture are still being manufactured, sold and marketed in a number of Council of Europe member States,” Vusal Huseynov told the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights today in Paris. More

Call for renewed commitment to the European Convention on Human Rights

To mark Human Rights Day 2017, Olena Sotnyk, Chairperson of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights, has called for Council of Europe member States to renew their commitment to the organisation’s basic standards. More

‘Failed’ execution in Ohio: a barbaric and unacceptable act of torture

Yves Cruchten, General Rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty, has expressed outrage at the ‘failed’ execution in Ohio of 69-year-old convicted murderer, Alva Campbell, who suffers with serious breathing difficulties. More

The Convention on the Protection of Personal Data needs to be modernised

In response to developments in information technologies, the committee considers it urgent to modernise the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data. More

Derogating from the European Convention on Human Rights during an emergency: rapporteur to visit Turkey

Raphaël Comte, who is preparing a report on “State of emergency: proportionality issues concerning derogations under Article 15 of the European Convention on Human Rights”, is to make a fact-finding visit to Turkey. More

Rapporteur on Interpol Abuses, concerned about 'Red Notice' arrests in Ukraine

Bernd Fabritius has expressed his deep concern about new reports on arrests of journalists and persons who have received political asylum on the basis of Red Notices issued by Interpol. More