Rapporteur on Interpol Abuses, condemns Red Notice against Dogan Akhanli

"I condemn the Red Notice against Dogan Akhanli requested by Turkey and invite Interpol to re-examine it in light of the rules outlawing politically-motivated interventions and to delete the Notice as appropriate”, Bernd Fabritius said. More

PACE deplores ‘senseless violence’ in Barcelona

Sir Roger Gale, the most senior Vice-President of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), has strongly condemned yesterday’s terror attack in Barcelona, in which 13 people were killed and many dozens hurt. More

Petra De Sutter: “high time for a debate on new genetic technologies”

Petra De Sutter today underlined the urgency of taking a clear position on the practical use of new genetic technologies following the publication of a new study in the journal Nature.  More

Roma genocide: remembering the past to strengthen the fight against prejudice

On the occasion of International Roma Holocaust Remembrance Day, Milena Santerini calls to strengthen their efforts to ensure that sites where Roma were persecuted and exterminated during World War II are recognised. More

Abolition of death penalty in Belarus, simply a question of political will, say rapporteurs

Yves Cruchten, General Rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty, and Andrea Rigoni, rapporteur on the situation in Belarus, have denounced the two death sentences handed down by the Mogilev regional court in Belarus. More

Serbia: 'Political will is key to pursue democratic reforms and secure minorities’ rights'

Samad Seyidov and Maria Guzenina assessed progress made by Serbia in fulfilling its Council of Europe obligations, concluding that this is accelerating with Serbia’s continued aspiration to join the EU. More

Poland: co-rapporteurs concerned about the situation of the Constitutional Court and reforms of the justice system

In an information note on “The functioning of democratic institutions in Poland”, the Monitoring Committee voiced concern about the “political and constitutional crisis” that had followed the 2015 parliamentary elections. More

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