Contents tagged with Council of Europe

  • Russia appeals to Council of Europe concerning arrest of RIA Novosti editor-in-chief

    Russia’s Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights has contacted Dunya Mijatović, the Council of Europe’s commissioner on human rights, in connection with the arrest of RIA Novosti-Ukraine editor-in-chief Kirill Vyshinsky in Ukraine, TASS reports.

    “The council expresses extreme concern regarding the situation connected to the arrest of Kirill Vyshinsky and the pressure on his colleague. We ask you, esteemed Ms. Mijatović, to take personal control of this. We consider it necessary …

  • Council of Europe condemns another death penalty in Belarus

    The Council of Europe has strongly criticized the execution of a criminal for a murder in Belarus.

    "The extreme penalty is a horrible and inhumane punishment that is no longer admissible in Europe," said Yves Cruchten, the General Rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, on Thursday, March 8th.

    The execution of Kirill Kazachok, 40, is shocking mainly because it took place in October 2017 and the mother of the criminal has only …

  • Secretary General of the Council of Europe: annexation of Crimea is not enough to expel Russia from the organization

    The Secretary General of the Council of Europe (CE), Thorbjørn Jagland believes that Russia and other "problematic" member countries of the Council of Europe should remain in the organization for as long as they do not violate the four articles of the European Convention on Human Rights.

    All other violations of the principles of the Council of Europe would not have such an impact on their membership, including Russia’s annexation of the Crimea, he said at the PACE meeting in Strasbourg.

    The …

  • Russia wants to reduce contributions to Council of Europe

    Russia is investigating the possibility of reducing its contributions to the Council of Europe (CE) since there is no way to influence the operation of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), Izvestiya reports with reference to a source in the State Duma.

    The news outlet’s sources said that Russia plans to cut back on its contributions to the organization by $7-10 million. This amount is comparable to the amount which is allocated to the operation of the court.

    “If Russia does not take …