Legal Affairs and Human Rights


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

Protecting human rights defenders

Over the past few years the number of reprisals against human rights defenders has been on the rise, the committee has said. Some of them have been threatened, physically attacked, arbitrarily arrested, detained or imprisoned. More

PACE to monitor investigation into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia

PACE is to prepare a report on the topic “Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination and the rule of law, in Malta and beyond: ensuring that the whole truth emerges”, following a motion for a resolution signed by 114 members. More

Rapporteur ‘outraged’ at execution in Alabama of 83-year-old after 30 years on death row

Yves Cruchten, PACE General Rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty, has expressed outrage at the execution in Alabama of 83-year-old convicted murderer Walter Leroy Moody, by a lethal injection of drugs. More