119th Session, 12 May 2009

Item 3

The Council of Europe and the conflict in Georgia

Decisions

The Committee of Ministers

1. concerned with the human rights protection and humanitarian situation of all persons affected by the conflict in Georgia, gave its active support to the activities of the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights and to the full implementation of his six-point Action Plan,1 and called on all those concerned to facilitate and grant access by the Council of Europe and the international community to all persons affected by the conflict and in need of human rights protection;

2. took note of the reports prepared by the Secretary General following the decision adopted by their Deputies on 11-12 February 2009;

3. underlined the importance of restoring democracy, human rights and the rule of law in all areas affected by the conflict, in line with the Council of Europe values and standards, and invited the Secretary General to submit projects for further activities to this end, paying particular attention to the need to co-ordinate with other international organisations and bearing in mind the positive role which can be played by civil society and NGOs in this context;

4. took note of the first report of the Secretary General on the human rights situation in the areas affected by the conflict, looked forward to the subsequent quarterly reports and called all those concerned to facilitate access to information on the situation in all areas affected by the conflict, in order for all views to be taken into account;

5. welcomed the support provided by the Council of Europe Development Bank to the funding of some social projects and invited the Bank to consider favourably possible additional projects;

6. agreed that a review of action taken by the Council of Europe following the conflict in Georgia would be carried out at the meeting for the handover of the chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers on 18 November 2009.

 

Note 1 Right to return of those who fled or were displaced; rights of displaced persons to care and support; demining; protection against lawlessness; protection of detainees/prisoners of war and persons in hiding; international presence and monitoring for the protection of human rights.


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