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Rapporteurs react to sentencing of Memorial’s Oyub Titiev in Chechnya, Russian Federation

Rapporteurs Frank Schwabe and Raphaël Comte today reacted to the sentencing by a court in the Chechen Republic of human rights activist Oyub Titiev to four years’ imprisonment in a penal colony. More

Rapporteurs welcome presidential pardon of prisoners in Azerbaijan, call for release of all political prisoners

Sunna Aevarsdóttir, Sir Roger Gale and Stefan Schennach welcomed the release, following the Navruz presidential pardon, of more than 400 sentenced prisoners in Azerbaijan, including over 50 persons considered to be political prisoners. More

Rapporteur welcomes end to executions in California

Titus Corlăţean, PACE general rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty, has welcomed the decision by Gavin Newsom, Governor of California, to sign a moratorium on the death penalty in the state. More

Rapporteur reacts to CPT public statement on torture in the North Caucasus region

Frank Schwabe, rapporteur on "the continuing need to restore human rights and the rule of law in the North Caucasus region", reacted to the CPT public statement on torture in the North Caucasus region. More

Edward Snowden will participate in a round table in Strasbourg on “the protection of whistleblowers”

A round table on whistleblowers will be organised by Sylvain Waserman on 14-15 March in the Council of Europe. This event, “The 48-hour whistle-blower challenge”, will include a live video contribution by Edward Snowden. More

Legal Affairs Committee deeply concerned by extent of money laundering in the member states

In an unanimously adopted resolution the Parliamentary Assembly Legal Affairs committee calls for enhanced national mechanisms and international co-operation to combat money laundering. More