Legal Affairs and Human Rights


Committee again urges Russia to release Ukrainian citizens detained on politically-motivated charges

PACE’s Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights has again urged Russia to release all Ukrainian citizens detained on its territory or in Crimea on “politically motivated or fabricated charges”. More

Greater commitment is needed for the universal abolition of capital punishment

On the occasion of the 16th World Day against the Death Penalty, the Committee on Legal Affairs reaffirms its commitment to fighting for the universal abolition of capital punishment. More

Hearing on the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia

The Parliamentary Assembly Legal Affairs Committee today held a hearing on “Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination and the rule of law, in Malta and beyond: ensuring that the whole truth emerges”. More

National parliaments as guarantors of human rights in Europe – new handbook published

A handbook for parliamentarians from all over Europe published today by the PACE sets out ways and means to protect and implement human rights, within a democracy underpinned by the rule of law. More

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Boriss Cilevics (Latvia, SOC) In many European States, regular criminal trials have gradually been replaced by different forms of trial waiver systems.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