Belarus: Death is not justice

Renate Wohlwend, the Parliamentary Assembly’s rapporteur on abolition of the death penalty, expressed her dismay at the refusal by President Lukashenka to grant clemency to Aleh Gryshkautsou, 29 and 28 year old Andrei Burdyka.

Maud de Boer-Buquicchio: “Children’s rights need universal accountability”

She encouraged governments to ratify the Council of Europe’s ‘Lanzarote Convention,’ which “is the first international treaty to address all forms of sexual violence against children.

Judges back Portuguese courts in ‘Camarate case’

The case concerned the criminal proceedings following the plane crash of 4 December 1980 in the Lisbon suburb of Camarate in which the Prime Minister Sá Carneiro and the Minister of Defence Amaro da Costa, lost their lives. It is known in Portugal as the ‘Camarate case.’

Twenty-one years of the anti-doping convention

When the 100m sprinter Ben Johnson was exposed as a cheat at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, he opened the way to the future success of the Council of Europe’s anti-doping convention.

Killers complain against ‘whole life’ prison terms

The application has been brought by Douglas Gary Vintner, Jeremy Neville Bamber and Peter Howard Moore. They claim that these whole life orders, as they apply to their cases, are incompatible inter alia with Articles 3 and 5(4) of the convention.