"Stifling LGBTI organisations’ free expression is harmful and a breach of fundamental rights"

“The decision of the Ankara Governor’s Office to ban all events organised by LGBTI organisations within the province is stifling all forms of expression of LGBTI people”, said Piet De Bruyn, rapporteur on the rights of LGBTI people. More

Ending the trade in instruments of torture

“A frightening arsenal of instruments of torture are still being manufactured, sold and marketed in a number of Council of Europe member States,” Vusal Huseynov told the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights today in Paris. More

A European convention to offer greater protection for the profession of lawyer

The Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights, on the basis of a report by Sabine Lahaye-Battheu, unanimously voted in favour of drafting a European convention on the profession of lawyer. More

Humanitarian consequences of the war in Ukraine

The Committee is alarmed at the humanitarian situation which is the consequence of the war in Eastern Ukraine and of the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation. More than 4 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. More

Call for renewed commitment to the European Convention on Human Rights

To mark Human Rights Day 2017, Olena Sotnyk, Chairperson of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights, has called for Council of Europe member States to renew their commitment to the organisation’s basic standards. More

Protecting the right to child maintenance

The vast majority of single-parent families in Europe are headed by the mother, and the consequences of possible non-compliance of child maintenance payments impacts women disproportionately, the Equality Committee said. More

President, ending visit, calls for greater European solidarity towards Greece

Stella Kyriakides has recognised the great efforts Greece continues to make to cope with the massive influx of refugees, migrants and asylum seekers, and called for greater solidarity among European States. More

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