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Smolensk crash: Russia should hand over the aircraft wreckage to Polish authorities ‘without further delay’

Pieter Omtzigt (Netherlands, EPP/CD) The PACE Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights considers that the Russian Federation should “hand over the wreckage of the Polish Air Force Tu-154 to the competent Polish authorities without further delay”. More

Rapporteur concerned at adoption of so-called ‘Stop Soros’ law

Yves Cruchten has expressed concern at the adoption by the Hungarian Parliament on 20 June of a package of laws criminalising the work of NGOs who help asylum-seekers and migrants. More

Rapporteurs welcome Belarus court decision to suspend and review death sentences

PACE rapporteurs Yves Cruchten and Andrea Rigoni, have welcomed the recent decision of the Supreme Court of Belarus to suspend and review the death sentences of two men while their appeals are pending. More

Rapporteur welcomes Palestine’s pledge to abolish the death penalty

Yves Cruchten has commended the signing, by the Palestinian Authority, of the 1989 Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, aiming at the abolition of the death penalty. More

Rapporteurs condemn two recent executions in Belarus

Yves Cruchten, rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty, and Andrea Rigoni former rapporteur on the situation in Belarus,have strongly condemned two recent executions which reportedly took place in secret in mid-May. More

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