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World Day against the Death Penalty: 'fight to secure the universal abolition of this inhumane punishment'

On the occasion of the 15th World Day against the Death Penalty (10 October 2017), the Committee reaffirmed its commitment to the right to life and reiterated that capital punishment is cruel, inhuman and degrading. More

Pichugin and Navalnyy cases: failings highlighted by ECHR still not remedied by Russian authorities

Pierre-Yves Le Borgn’, rapporteur on the implementation of judgments of the ECHR, expressed concern over the situation of Alexei Pichugin and Alexei Navalnyy, applicants in two cases lodged with the Court against the Russian Federation. More

Rapporteur on banning trade in torture goods encourages pan-European support for EU initiative

Vusal Huseynov, rapporteur on strengthening international regulations against trade in goods used for torture and the death penalty, welcomed the launch at the United Nations of the ‘Alliance for Torture-Free Trade’. More

Committee concerned about threats to rule of law in Bulgaria, Poland, the Republic of Moldova, Romania and Turkey

The committee expressed concern about some recent developments which put at risk respect for the rule of law, in particular, the independence of the judiciary and the principle of the separation of powers in five member States. More

The genocide committed by Daesh must be prosecuted and punished

The committee calls on member and observer states, parliaments with partner for democracy status, to recognise that “Daesh has committed genocide, notably against the Yazidi people, Christian minorities and non-Sunni Muslim minorities”. More

Azerbaijan: concerns persist regarding the human rights situation and the functioning of justice

Since the Azerbaijani Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe and the adoption by the PACE of Resolution 2062 (2015), concerns persist regarding the human rights situation and the functioning of justice. More