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Committee concerned about threats to rule of law in Bulgaria, Poland, the Republic of Moldova, Romania and Turkey

The committee expressed concern about some recent developments which put at risk respect for the rule of law, in particular, the independence of the judiciary and the principle of the separation of powers in five member States. More

The genocide committed by Daesh must be prosecuted and punished

The committee calls on member and observer states, parliaments with partner for democracy status, to recognise that “Daesh has committed genocide, notably against the Yazidi people, Christian minorities and non-Sunni Muslim minorities”. More

Azerbaijan: concerns persist regarding the human rights situation and the functioning of justice

Since the Azerbaijani Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe and the adoption by the PACE of Resolution 2062 (2015), concerns persist regarding the human rights situation and the functioning of justice. More

Rapporteur condemns recent execution in Florida and testing of new lethal substance

Yves Cruchten, general rapporteur of the PACE on the abolition of the death penalty, expressed his outrage at the execution, last Thursday in Florida, of Mark James Asay, convicted of a double murder in 1988. More

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