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A balance in dealing with foreign funding of Islam

Political Affairs Committee has urged Council of Europe states to “put an end” to any foreign funding of Islam which is used for the purpose of “national political expansion into other States under the guise of Islam”. More

Rapporteurs welcome Belarus court decision to suspend and review death sentences

PACE rapporteurs Yves Cruchten and Andrea Rigoni, have welcomed the recent decision of the Supreme Court of Belarus to suspend and review the death sentences of two men while their appeals are pending. 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

London terror attack victim tells parliamentarians: ‘I was treated with indifference’

The victim of a terror attack in London has told a parliamentary hearing in Athens about the difficult challenges he faced in the aftermath of the attack – and how he had hoped for greater support from the authorities. More

Committee calls for academic network to fight corruption

A committee calls on academics and scholars throughout the Council of Europe area to come together in a trans-national network to combat corruption, and encourage implementation of Council of Europe Conventions in this field. More

Syria: rapporteur urges international plan for security and political transition

Dora Bakoyannis, rapporteur on the situation in Syria, has called on the international community to support a wide-ranging plan to bring security and political transition to the country – backed by the UN and regional powers. More