FIFA should hold new vote on 2022 World Cup bid, says PACE

The decision to assign the 2022 World Cup to Qatar was so “radically flawed” by illegal payments that FIFA should hold a new vote under cleaned-up procedures, according to PACE. More

CIA secret prison: PACE President welcomes admission by former Romanian President

In a recent interview in Der Spiegel, former Romanian President Ion Iliescu has admitted that he knew about a ‘CIA facility’ in Romania, though he denies knowing what went on inside it,” said Anne Brasseur. More

Drones: states must ‘scrupulously respect’ limits laid down in international law

Arcadio Diaz Tejera (Spain, SOC) Council of Europe member States should “scrupulously respect” the limits placed on targeted killings under international law when carrying out drone strikes, the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly said today. More

Migratory flows in the Mediterranean: the EU should 'carry out urgent and concerted action'

The Assembly today called on the member States of the EU to adopt a comprehensive approach to deal with mixed migratory flows across the Mediterranean, with a view “to carrying out an urgent and concerted action”. More

Justice for all has to become a reality

Adopting a resolution, the Assembly said that "Council of Europe member States need to remove existing obstacles and ensure that their citizens have equal access to justice, irrespective of their wealth or status". More

Nils Muižnieks: 2014 was a bad year for human rights in Europe

Last year thousands of people died unnecessarily, in the Mediterranean Sea and in eastern Ukraine. This, in a Europe where the rule of law prevails, said Nils Muižnieks addressing PACE. More

Legal Affairs Committee appalled by the conviction of a prominent Azeri human rights lawyer

The committee condemns in strongly the conviction of Intigam Aliyev, a famous Azerbaijani human rights lawyer, who was sentenced to seven years and six months of imprisonment by the Baku Grave Crimes Court. More

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