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

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

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

Rapporteur alarmed by disruption of separation of powers in Poland

Bernd Fabritius, rapporteur on ‘new threats to the rule of law in Council of Europe member States – selected examples’, expressed his deep alarm following the adoption of two new laws relating to the judiciary in Poland. 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

General Rapporteur condemns execution in Virginia

The General Rapporteur on abolition of the death penalty for the PACE, Yves Cruchten, has strongly condemned the execution of William Charles Morva in the US Federal State of Virginia, on 6 July. More

Turkey: co-rapporteurs ask for immediate release of arrested human rights defenders

Co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Turkey have expressed serious concern at the arrest of several prominent human rights defenders in Istanbul on 5 July, including Amnesty International Director İdil Eser.  More

Armenia and Azerbaijan: monitors express concern at renewed violence along line of contact in the Fizuli region

The co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Armenia and Azerbaijan expressed concern at the escalation of violence near Alkhani village in the Fuzili region, and regretted that this has led to casualties among which are civilians. More

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