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Rapporteur welcomes announcement of public inquiry into the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia

Pieter Omtzigt (Netherlands, EPP/CD) Pieter Omtzigt, PACE Rapporteur on Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination, has welcomed the Maltese Government’s undertaking to carry out a public inquiry into the background to the murder of the prominent journalist. More

Committee backs new principles aimed at ensuring Ombudspersons stay independent

The Legal Affairs Committee has given its backing to a new set of principles aimed at ensuring national Ombudsman’s offices across Europe remain independent, objective, transparent, fair and impartial. More

Improving the protection of whistleblowers

The committee has proposed that Council of Europe member States, which are also members of the EU, transpose into their national legislation the European Parliament's directive aimed at “guaranteeing a high level of protection” to whistleblowers. More

Interpol reform and extradition proceedings: building trust by fighting abuse

The Committee on Legal Affairs stressed the fundamental importance of international cooperation in the field of criminal law : "States must react by cooperating with each other efficiently to uphold the rule of law". More

PACE rapporteur condemns execution in Belarus

Titus Corlăţean, General Rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty, has strongly condemned the execution of Aliaksandr Zhylnikau. “I deeply regret this execution, despite the appeals of many,” he said. More

PACE rapporteur welcomes abolition of the death penalty in New Hampshire

Titus Corlăţean, General Rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly on the abolition of the death penalty, has welcomed the decision of the state of New Hampshire in the United States to abolish the death penalty in the state. More