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Preventing inappropriate restrictions on NGO activities: rapporteur to visit Turkey

Yves Cruchten, who is preparing a report for the Parliamentary Assembly on preventing inappropriate restrictions on NGO activities in Europe, is to make a fact-finding visit to Turkey on 5-6 April. More

PACE rapporteur urges Japan to halt planned executions

The General Rapporteur on abolition of the death penalty for the PACE, Yves Cruchten, has called on the Japanese authorities to halt the planned executions of 13 members of the Aum Shinrikyo cult. More

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