Legal Affairs and Human Rights


Positive narratives to stop terror – appealing to ‘shared values’

CoE member States should go beyond security measures and work with Muslim communities and other priority audiences to produce “tailored, flexible and positive” alternative narratives to terrorist propaganda, the committee said. More

‘Hybrid war’ may be complex, but it does not operate in a legal vacuum

Boriss Cilevics (Latvia, SOC) The committee noted with concern that nowadays states are more and more often confronted with the phenomenon of “hybrid war”, which poses a new type of threat based on a combination of military and non-military means. More

Belarus: rapporteurs strongly condemn the execution of Kiryl Kazachok in October 2017

Yves Cruchten, General Rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty, and Andrea Rigoni, former rapporteur on the situation in Belarus, have strongly condemned the execution of Kiryl Kazachok. More

Fighting organised crime by facilitating the confiscation of illegal assets

The Committee on Legal Affairs notes that the confiscation of criminal assets is often prevented by “an unreasonably heavy burden of proof placed on the competent national authorities" in different countries. More

Rapporteurs condemn new death sentences in Belarus

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

States urged to exercise ‘utmost caution’ before setting aside Convention rights

Council of Europe member states are being urged to exercise “utmost caution” before derogating from – or setting aside – parts of the European Convention on Human Rights. More