The Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights insists that
all perpetrators of serious human rights violations must be held
to account for their actions, including the instigators and organisers
of such crimes.
The committee considers the fight against the impunity of
perpetrators of serious human rights violations as a priority for
the Council of Europe and all national and international law enforcement
bodies. Impunity must be eradicated both as a matter of individual
justice and as a deterrent with respect to future human rights violations.
Such crimes take many shapes and forms, including large-scale
violations of human rights in conflict situations, killings of journalists,
human rights defenders and witnesses by “unknown perpetrators”,
abuse committed by police officers and prison guards covered by
colleagues, and different types of hate crimes whose authors profit from
lax law enforcement by biased officials or judges.
The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe is urged
to intensify its work on elaborating guidelines on the fight against
impunity, drawing in particular from the case law of the European
Court of Human Rights, from its own work on execution of judgments
and the pertinent resolutions and recommendations of the Parliamentary