Legal Affairs and Human Rights


Committee finds Azerbaijan has a ‘systemic’ problem of political prisoners, urges reform and review of reported cases

The Committee on Legal Affairs has found that, on the basis of factual findings of the European Court of Human Rights, a number of individuals are “political prisoners” according to PACE's definition. More

Our 70-years young convention – protecting the freedom of future generations

On the occasion of Human Rights Day, the Committee on Legal Affairs recalled the achievements of the European Convention on Human Rights on the eve of its 70th anniversary year. More

Protecting freedom of religion or belief in the workplace

Freedom to manifest one’s religion or belief applies also in the workplace. The question of “accommodating the manifestation of employees’ religion or belief is thus of crucial importance”, the committee said. More

After another week of revelations in Malta, PACE rapporteur renews call for Prime Minister’s immediate resignation

After another week of revelations, Pieter Omtzigt reiterates his call for Prime Minister Muscat to resign immediately, pointing to shocking new testimony which “directly implicates the Office of the Prime Minister in the murder plot”. More

PACE rapporteur Pieter Omtzigt reacts to recent developments in Malta

Pieter Omtzigt (Netherlands, EPP/CD) Pieter Omtzigt, rapporteur on ‘the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia and the rule of law in Malta and beyond: ensuring that the whole truth emerges’, today issued a statement taking stock of recent events in Malta. More

Integrating human rights into drug policies

According to the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights, meeting in Berlin, member States should “optimise human rights protections in the implementation of drug control policies”. More