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PACE rapporteur condemns two death sentences issued by Gaza Court

Yves Cruchten (Luxembourg, SOC), PACE rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty, has strongly condemned two death sentences issued by Gaza Court of First Instance on 26 July. More

Call for greater determination in tackling human trafficking

“It is high time for Europe to fight human trafficking and smuggling with more determination and much more effectively,” said PACE President. Vernon Coaker is preparing a report on concerted action on human trafficking. More

Greece: parliamentary visit to SOS Children’s Villages

I welcome the very humane approach towards the care of migrant children in SOS Children’s Villages in Greece, said Pierre-Alain Fridez, General Rapporteur on the Parliamentary Campaign to End Immigration Detention of Children. More

President urges political leaders to show zero tolerance for hate speech

Liliane Maury Pasquier, in a statement to mark the European Day for the Victims of Hate Crime (22 July), has urged political leaders to show 'zero tolerance' for hate speech and the stigmatising of individuals or groups. More

More efforts needed for refugees’ reception on Greek islands

The situation for asylum seekers continues to be appalling in the Moria reception and identification Centre on the island of Lesbos, which houses 7500 people at present, said Petra De Sutter who visited Athens, Kavala, Drama and Lesbos. More

PACE rapporteur reacts to executions in Japan

“The death penalty is never justice, however horrifying the original crime, it is simply wrong,” said Yves Cruchten, the General Rapporteur on abolition of the death penalty, reacting to news of a series of executions in Japan. More