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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

Rapporteurs concerned at the arrest of the head of the Memorial Human Rights Centre in the Chechen Republic

Two PACE rapporteurs have expressed serious concern at the arrest of Oyub Titiev, a prominent human rights defender and head of the Memorial Human Rights Centre in the Chechen Republic. More

Israel's death penalty bill: a step in the wrong direction

"Yesterday, the Knesset gave its preliminary approval for legislation that would make it easier for a court to impose a death sentence for murder in attacks classified as terrorism. This is a worrying development," said Yves Cruchten. More

Abolition of death penalty in Belarus, Supreme Court misses opportunity to quash death sentences

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