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CM/Inf(2010)4 26 January 20101

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United Nations – Exchange of views (human rights questions) with the participation of experts from capitals
Memorandum by the Directorate General of Human Rights and Legal Affairs
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The following proposals were agreed at the 1074th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies (13 January 2010, item 4.1) for topics for the annual exchange of views on the United Nations (human rights questions), with the participation of experts from the capitals, which will take place on 4 February 2010 (10 am):

    a. General discussion on the main results and developments of the 64th session of the UN General Assembly;

    b. Overview of co-operation between the Council of Europe and the United Nations in the human rights field in 2009;

    c. Major themes for the Human Rights Council in 2010.2

This memorandum contains observations on items a. and b. including on the work of the Third Committee3 during the 64th session with a view to facilitating an assessment of the results of the session and drawing lessons for the future.

The full list of resolutions, adopted by the General Assembly at the 64th session, on reports of the Third Committee is appended.

Table of Contents

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Part I 3
Some highlights from the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly 3

Appendix I 5
Resolutions adopted by the General Assembly at its 64th Session on reports of the Third Committee 5

Part II 7
Overview of co-operation between the Council of Europe and the United Nations
in the Human Rights Field in 2009
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Appendix II 16
Co-operation between the Council of Europe and the United Nations –
Possible synergies in the human rights field 16

Appendix III 17
Annual programme of work for the fourth cycle of The Human Rights Council (2009-2010) 17

Part I

Some highlights from the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly

In 2009 the General Assembly adopted 56 resolutions and 9 decisions recommended by the Third Committee.

Among the topics of interest for the Council of Europe are the rights of the child; the advancement of women; the elimination of racism and racial discrimination; defamation of religions; torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment; protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism; the enhancement of international co-operation in the field of human rights and rights of persons with disabilities.

The resolution on the rights of the child received notable support from the United States and achieved consensus within the General Assembly for the first time in eight years. The text recognises the right of children to be heard on all matters affecting them. It also calls on states to adopt or continue to implement arrangements for children’s participation in all settings, to ensure equal participation of girls and to address, in their responses to the global financial and economic crisis, any impact on the full enjoyment of children’s rights. The General Assembly also adopted a resolution on the girl child and a draft decision on reports by the General Assembly in connection with the promotion and protection of the rights of children, both without a vote.

During a two-day discussion on the advancement of women, members of the Third Committee had encouraged speedy completion of the proposals for a new United Nations composite entity to oversee gender equality and women’s empowerment, to be concluded by the end of the year. The General Assembly subsequently adopted all texts (five resolutions and two decisions) proposed by the Third Committee on the advancement of women by consensus. These texts focus on the elimination of all forms of violence against women, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, violence against migrant women workers, the improvement of the situation of women in rural areas, the Fourth World Conference on Women and Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and reports considered by the General Assembly in connection with the advancement of women.

As in past years, it was impossible to attain consensus on several texts relating to the elimination of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and other intolerance. The resolution on the inadmissibility of certain practices that contribute to fuelling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance was adopted by a vote of 127 in favour (including 4 Council of Europe member states) to one against and 54 abstentions (including many Council of Europe member states). The resolution on global efforts for the total elimination of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance and the comprehensive implementation of and follow-up to the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action was adopted by a vote of 128 in favour (including 4 Council of Europe member states) to 13 against (including 7 Council of Europe member states), with 43 abstentions (including many other Council of Europe member states). In this text, the General Assembly expresses deep concern at inadequate responses to emerging and resurgent forms of racism and other intolerance and urges states to adopt measures to address these scourges with a view to preventing their practice and protecting victims. It also decides to implement the outcome of April’s Durban Review Conference in the same framework and by the same mechanisms as those used to implement the outcome of the original 2001 World Conference.

The text receiving the most negative votes of any of the texts proposed by the Third Committee was the resolution on combating defamation of religions, with a vote of 80 in favour (including 3 Council of Europe member states), 61 against (including a majority of Council of Europe member states) and 42 abstentions (including 3 Council of Europe member states). Debate on the text in the Third Committee had largely focused on the balance between freedom of religion and belief and freedom of expression.

A resolution on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, adopted without a vote, condemns all forms of such acts, including through intimidation and any action or attempt by States or public officials to legalise, authorise or acquiesce in torture and other inhuman treatment under any circumstances, including on grounds of national security or through judicial decisions. It also stresses that wherever there is reasonable ground to believe torture and other inhuman treatment has been committed, those who encourage, order, tolerate or perpetrate such acts must be held responsible and brought to justice, including officials in charge of the place of detention where the act was committed.

The General Assembly also adopted a resolution on the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism without a vote. This text reaffirms that counter-terrorism measures should not discriminate on grounds such as race, colour, sex, language, religion or social origin and reaffirms the obligation of states to respect certain rights as non-derogable in any circumstances.

A resolution on the enhancement of international co-operation in the field of human rights which urges all actors on the international scene to build an international order based on inclusion, justice, equality and equity, human dignity, mutual understanding and promotion of and respect for cultural diversity and universal human rights was also adopted by the General Assembly without a vote.

Concerning the rights of persons with disabilities, the General Assembly adopted two resolutions without a vote:

    · on realising the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for persons with disabilities, which calls on Governments to include disability issues and persons with disabilities in reviewing progress to achieve the MDGs and to build a knowledge base of data and information about the situation of persons with disabilities that could be used to enable development policy planning, monitoring, evaluation and implementation to be disability-sensitive and
    · on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Optional Protocol thereto, which calls on states which have not already done so to consider signing and ratifying the Convention and the Optional Protocol as a matter of priority. It also welcomes the start of work of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

It should also be noted that the Third Committee’s rejection of an oral amendment to the draft resolution on the International Covenants for Human Rights, removing a reference to General Comment No. 20 on non-discrimination in economic, social and cultural rights which explicitly includes sexual orientation under “other status” as recognised by Article 2(2) of the ICESCR, was overturned by the General Assembly. In introducing the amendment, Iraq had cautioned that including a reference to the general comment would recognise controversial concepts on sexual orientation and that it was paramount to prevent international instruments from being “strangely interpreted”. The amendment was passed by a vote of 76 in favour (including 1 Council of Europe member state) to 72 against (including a majority of Council of Europe member states) with 26 abstentions (including 6 Council of Europe member states). The amended text was adopted by 185 states, with none against and no abstentions.

Appendix I

Resolutions adopted by the General Assembly at its 64th Session on reports of the Third Committee

A/RES/64/238, 24 Dec. 2009, vote: 86-23-39, Situation of human rights in Myanmar
A/RES/64/182, 18 Dec. 2009, without vote, International cooperation against the world drug problem
A/RES/64/181, 18 Dec. 2009, without vote, United Nations African Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders
A/RES/64/180, 18 Dec. 2009, without vote, Preparations for the Twelfth United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice
A/RES/64/179, 18 Dec. 2009, without vote, Strengthening the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme, in particular its technical cooperation capacity
A/RES/64/178, 18 Dec. 2009, without vote, Improving the coordination of efforts against trafficking in persons
A/RES/64/177, 18 Dec. 2009, without vote, Technical assistance for implementing the international conventions and protocols related to terrorism
A/RES/64/176, 18 Dec. 2009, vote: 74-49-59, Situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran
A/RES/64/175, 18 Dec. 2009, vote: 99-20-63, Situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
A/RES/64/174, 18 Dec. 2009, vote: 126-52-5, Human rights and cultural diversity
A/RES/64/173, 18 Dec. 2009, vote: 131-53-2, Promotion of equitable geographical distribution in the membership of the human rights treaty bodies
A/RES/64/172, 18 Dec. 2009, vote: 133-23-30, The right to development
A/RES/64/171, 18 Dec. 2009, without vote, Enhancement of international cooperation in the field of human rights
A/RES/64/170, 18 Dec. 2009, vote: 132-54-0, Human rights and unilateral coercive measures
A/RES/64/169, 18 Dec. 2009, without vote, International Year for People of African Descent
A/RES/64/168, 18 Dec. 2009, without vote, Protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism
A/RES/64/167, 18 Dec. 2009, without vote, International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance
A/RES/64/166, 18 Dec. 2009, without vote, Protection of migrants
A/RES/64/165, 18 Dec. 2009, without vote, Subregional Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Central Africa
A/RES/64/164, 18 Dec. 2009, without vote, Elimination of all forms of intolerance and of discrimination based on religion or belief
A/RES/64/163, 18 Dec. 2009, without vote, Declaration on the Right and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society to Promote and Protect Universally Recognized Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms
A/RES/64/162, 18 Dec. 2009, without vote, Protection of and assistance to internally displaced persons
A/RES/64/161, 18 Dec. 2009, without vote, National institutions for the promotion and protection of human rights
A/RES/64/160, 18 Dec. 2009, vote: 129-54-3, Globalization and its impact on the full enjoyment of all human rights
A/RES/64/159, 18 Dec. 2009, without vote, The right to food
A/RES/64/158, 18 Dec. 2009, without vote, Strengthening United Nations action in the field of human rights through the promotion of international cooperation and the importance of non-selectivity, impartiality and objectivity
A/RES/64/157, 18 Dec. 2009, vote: 127-54-5, Promotion of a democratic and equitable international order
A/RES/64/156, 18 Dec. 2009, vote: 80-61-42, Combating defamation of religions
A/RES/64/155,
18 Dec. 2009, without vote, Strengthening the role of the United Nations in enhancing periodic and genuine elections and the promotion of democratization

A/RES/64/154, 18 Dec. 2009, without vote, Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Optional Protocol thereto
A/RES/64/153, 18 Dec. 2009, without vote, Torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment
A/RES/64/152, 18 Dec. 2009, vote: 185-0-0, International Covenants on Human Rights
A/RES/64/151, 18 Dec. 2009, vote: 126-53-4, Use of mercenaries as a means of violating human rights and impeding the exercise of the right of peoples to self-determination
A/RES/64/150, 18 Dec. 2009, vote: 176-6-3, The right of the Palestinian people to self-determination
A/RES/64/149, 18 Dec. 2009, without vote, Universal realization of the right of peoples to self-determination

A/RES/64/148, 18 Dec. 2009, vote: 128-13-43, Global efforts for the total elimination of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance and the comprehensive implementation of and follow-up to the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action
A/RES/64/147, 18 Dec. 2009, vote: 127-1-54, Inadmissibility of certain practices that contribute to fuelling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance
A/RES/64/146, 18 Dec. 2009, without vote, Rights of the child
A/RES/64/145, 18 Dec. 2009, without vote, The girl child
A/RES/64/144, 18 Dec. 2009, without vote, Office of the President of the Human Rights Council
A/RES/64/143, 18 Dec. 2009, without vote, Report of the Human Rights Council
A/RES/64/142, 18 Dec. 2009, without vote, Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children
A/RES/64/141, 18 Dec. 2009, without vote, Follow-up to the Fourth World Conference on Women and full implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the outcome of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly
A/RES/64/140, 18 Dec. 2009, without vote, Improvement of the situation of women in rural areas
A/RES/64/139, 18 Dec. 2009, without vote, Violence against women migrant workers
A/RES/64/138, 18 Dec. 2009, without vote, Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women
A/RES/64/137, 18 Dec. 2009, without vote, Intensification of efforts to eliminate all forms of violence against women
A/RES/64/136, 18 Dec. 2009, without vote, Cooperatives in social development
A/RES/64/135, 18 Dec. 2009, without vote, Implementation of the outcome of the World Summit for Social Development and of the twenty-fourth special session of the General Assembly
A/RES/64/134, 18 Dec. 2009, without vote, International Year of Youth: Dialogue and Mutual Understanding
A/RES/64/133, 18 Dec. 2009, without vote, Follow-up to the tenth anniversary of the International Year of the Family and beyond
A/RES/64/132, 18 Dec. 2009, without vote, Follow-up to the Second World Assembly on Ageing
A/RES/64/131, 18 Dec. 2009, without vote, Realizing the Millennium Development Goals for persons with disabilities
A/RES/64/130, 18 Dec. 2009, without vote, Policies and programmes involving youth
A/RES/64/129, 18 Dec. 2009, without vote, Assistance to refugees, returnees and displaced persons in Africa
A/RES/64/128, 18 Dec. 2009, without vote, Enlargement of the Executive Committee of the Programme of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
A/RES/64/127, 18 Dec. 2009, without vote, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Part II

Overview of Co-operation between the Council of Europe and the United Nations
in the Human Rights Field in 2009

1. Once again, the increased level of co-operation between the Council of Europe and the United Nations that had resulted mainly from the Committee of Ministers decisions of March 2007 (see Appendix II) on possible synergies in the human rights field was maintained.

Human Rights Council

2. The Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe attended the annual meeting on the rights of the child which took place during the 10th Session of the Human Rights Council in March 2009. She commented on the excellent co-operation that already existed with the UN (UNICEF and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)), but stressed that there was increasing room for the sharing of information, which would give mutual benefit. She thought the United Nations should favour the accession to Council of Europe Conventions, which were also open to non-members of the Organisation.

3. At the 12th Session of the Human Rights Council in September 2009, Slovenia, holding the Chairmanship of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers, made a statement presenting some of the Organisation’s activities in the field of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related forms of intolerance.

4. The Council of Europe continued to contribute to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), providing documentation for the sixth, seventh and eighth sessions scheduled for 30 November to 11 December 2009, 8 to 19 February 2010 and 3 to 14 May 2010 respectively. An informal meeting of staff from the OHCHR and the Directorate General of Human Rights and Legal Affairs and the Parliamentary Assembly dealing with monitoring was held in September and led to useful guidance on how to optimise the usefulness of information provided by the Council of Europe.

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

5. The third CoE/OHCHR Secretariat co-operation meeting took place in Strasbourg on 16-17 November 2009. This meeting led to the identification of topics for future co-operation in several human rights areas and an increased understanding of each other’s work.

6. The Council of Europe hosted an OHCHR regional consultation for Europe entitled: “Enhancing co-operation between regional and international mechanisms for the promotion and protection of human rights”, during which existing and potential channels for co-operation and synergy between the international and European human rights systems were identified and civil society and NHRI representatives shared their perspectives on interactions with the European regional human rights mechanisms and the international human rights system. Channels for systematising interaction between the European regional human rights mechanisms and the international human rights systems were also discussed, with particular focus on the implementation of international and regional standards at the national level.4

Committee of Ministers

7. The annual exchange of views within the Committee of Ministers on the United Nations (human rights questions) with experts from capitals was held in February 2009. This exchange enabled discussion of the 63rd United Nations General Assembly session as well as topical issues, such as the UPR mechanism and, during the information afternoon session, the General Assembly’s reaffirmation of the 2007 resolution on a moratorium on the death penalty and the Durban Review Conference. Methods of co-operation in general were also discussed within the Committee of Ministers.

Parliamentary Assembly

8. Mr Andreas Gross’s report on United Nations reform and the Council of Europe member states was presented to the Parliamentary Assembly at its September 2009 session. The Assembly adopted Resolution 1688 on the subject, in which it stated “Concerned to ensure that the protection of human rights worldwide takes precedence over other considerations, the Assembly believes that any reform of the United Nations Security Council should be such as to enable this body to act swiftly in the case of actual or threatened serious and widespread human rights violations and that its action should not be impeded by the exercise of the right to veto by the permanent members of the Security Council.”

9. In April 2009, the Assembly Rapporteur on "The protection of witnesses as a cornerstone for justice and reconciliation in the Balkans" (Mr Jean-Charles Gardetto, Monaco, EPP/CD) carried out a fact-finding visit to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, in the framework of the preparation of his report. In November 2009, an Assembly representative (Mr Boriss Cilevics, Latvia, SOC) participated in the 2nd Forum on Minority Issues, organised by the UN (the Independent Expert on Minority Issues and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights).

Commissioner for Human Rights

10. Since the inception of his mandate, the Commissioner has maintained a very close working relationship with the UN system. This co-ordination and collaboration is particularly developed with the OHCHR, UNHCR and UNICEF. These working relationships are triggered and based on mutual interests, exchanges of information and experiences as well as the wish to reinforce each other’s respective activities to promote respect for human rights and avoid overlap or duplication.

11. In 2009, the Commissioner met with the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms Navanethem Pillay, in March and in October, and with the High Commissioner for Refugees, Mr António Guterres, in October. He also met with the UNICEF Regional Director, Ms Maria Calivis, in March. In October, the Commissioner addressed the 20th Anniversary Conference of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in Geneva. Regular meetings took place between the Commissioner’s Office and the respective organisations at technical level.

12. Among the themes where close collaboration evolved during 2009 with the OHCHR were human rights in crisis and conflict situations, counter-terrorism measures, protection of human rights activists, rights of the child, rights of persons with disabilities as well as the follow-up process to the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance. The Commissioner submitted his contribution to the Durban Review Conference in March and published a Viewpoint on the topic.

13. The Commissioner’s country reports were made available for the Universal Periodic Review conducted by the Human Rights Council and frequently referred to in the outcome documents. Contacts were maintained with UN special rapporteurs and treaty bodies in the course of country and thematic monitoring. The Commissioner regularly met with the OHCHR field representatives or offices during his country visits.

14. The Commissioner’s Office attended the Durban Review Conference in Geneva in April and the UN Regional Consultation Meeting for Europe in Strasbourg in December. It also contributed to the regular co-ordination meeting between the OHCHR and the Council of Europe in November.

15. The Commissioner’s Office has very close working relations with the UNHCR, which are facilitated by the UNHCR liaison office in Strasbourg. The Commissioner met regularly with UNHCR representatives during his country visits. Cooperation in 2009 had a particular focus on the reception conditions of refugees, access to refugee determination procedures, burden sharing among member states and the human rights consequences of the criminalisation of migration.

16. Cooperation with the UNICEF aims at the realisation of the rights of the child throughout the European continent. Information on the situation of children was exchanged in the context of the Commissioner’s country visits. In 2009, special emphasis was put on the reform of juvenile justice systems.

Children’s Rights

17. The OHCHR was invited to take part in the consultation process on the draft Council of Europe guidelines on child-friendly justice, which take into account the basic principles set out in, inter alia, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

18. The OHCHR and UNICEF participated in the drafting of the Guidelines on integrated national strategies for the protection of children from violence which were adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 18 November 2009.

19. The United Nations (OHCHR, UNICEF and UNESCO) also became involved in the preparation of the Council of Europe campaign against sexual violence against children.

Women’s Rights

20. During the 53rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York, on 3rd March, the Deputy Secretary General opened a side event “Equal participation of women and men in political and public life: a fundamental criterion of democracy” organised in co-operation with the Spanish Permanent Representation to the United Nations.

21. The following UN agencies have an observer status to the Ad hoc Committee on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (CAHVIO) which is preparing a Council of Europe convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence:

United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)
United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW)
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR)
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Racism and Related Intolerance

22. The Secretary General of the Council of Europe provided a written contribution to the Durban Review Conference held in Geneva in April 2009, and the made a statement during the High Level Segment of the Conference. The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) provided substantial input to the Council of Europe's contribution to the Conference. In July 2009, ECRI contributed to the report of the Secretary General of the United Nations on global trends against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance and the comprehensive implementation of and follow-up to the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action (which was submitted to the General Assembly at its sixty-fourth session).

23. ECRI contributes to the Universal Periodical Review with its country reports. In addition, ECRI reports make regular reference to the Convention against Racism and Discrimination (CERD) and other relevant United Nations treaties -such as the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families, reinforcing their monitoring bodies' findings or calling for their ratification. It also calls upon States that have not yet made a declaration under Article 14 of CERD, enabling individuals and groups of individuals to file petitions before the Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, to do so.

24. ECRI is regularly invited to participate in various meetings organised by the OHCHR and submit contributions based on its monitoring and thematic work. A recent example includes the contribution sent by ECRI to the High Commissioner for Human Rights for her report on the implementation of Human Rights Council Resolution 10/22 entitled "Combating defamation of religions". In the same way, ECRI invites the OHCHR to meetings it organises in the Council of Europe member states (national round tables) or at a multilateral level. ECRI also provided input to the United Nations Independent Expert on Minority Issues' current work on the participation of national minorities.

Torture

25. The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) has further strengthened its relations with the United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT). There have been frequent contacts between the CPT's Bureau and the SPT's Chairperson. Further, on 6 November 2009, the “Conference on new partnerships for the torture prevention in Europe” held in Strasbourg examined how the existing national, European and universal monitoring bodies can best complement each other in the fight against torture and ill-treatment.

26. Throughout the year, CPT members have participated in numerous conferences and training activities organised by international bodies (including the UN and UNHCR). There is a growing demand for input from the CPT at such events.

27. There have been regular contacts between the CPT and UNHCR representatives, both in Strasbourg and in the course of CPT visits. There have also been exchanges of views during the year between the CPT's Secretariat and the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Manfred Nowak, including in the context of country visits organised by the Special Rapporteur.

28. During its visit to Abkhazia, Georgia, in April/May 2009, the CPT delegation met the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Georgia, Johan Verbeke, as well as representatives of the United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG). The CPT is grateful for the assistance provided to its delegation by UNOMIG on this occasion.

Minorities

29. The Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities continues to maintain regular working relations with the OHCHR, including the Secretariat of the UN Independent Expert on Minority Issues. Recommendations from the UN Treaty Bodies are consistently brought to the attention of members of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention in the context of its country-specific work.

30. The Secretariat of the Framework Convention took part in the UN Forum on Minorities issues, which was held in Geneva on 12 -13 November 2009 on effective participation of minorities, a topic on which the Advisory Committee adopted its second thematic commentary in 2008.

31. Following a call by the Under-Secretary-General of the UN, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe transmitted in September 2009 a written contribution concerning the Mid-Term evaluation of the Second International Decade of the Worlds ’Indigenous People (2005-2014).

32. In 2009, the Secretariat of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages pursued its co-operation activities with UNESCO, in particular the Charter Secretariat provided comments and feedback on UNESCO's development of an indicator on the ”Status and Trends of Linguistic Diversity and Numbers of Speakers of Indigenous Languages”.

Persons with Disabilities

33. Following the participation of the Head of the Integration of People of Disabilities Division in the 2nd Council of Europe-OHCHR co-ordination meeting, Geneva, 4-5 September 2008, and given the complementarity of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015,5 further professional co-operation between the two Secretariats and the two disability-related intergovernmental committees, namely the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and European Co-ordination Forum for the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015 (CAHPAH), was established.

34. The Head of the Integration of People with Disabilities Division took part in the 1st session of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Geneva, 25-26 February 2009.

35. The 3rd meeting of the European Co-ordination Forum for the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015 (CAHPAH), Strasbourg, 23-25 September 2009, saw the active participation of representatives of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

36. The 1st meeting of the Council of Europe Committee of Experts on participation of people with disabilities in political and public life (CAHPAH-PPL), Strasbourg, 7-9 September 2009, saw the active participation of Mr. Mohammed Al-Tarawneh, Chairperson of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, who expressed an interest in continuing co-operation in the disability field between to two organisations and the two committees, in particular with the ratification and implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, for which the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan constitutes a useful implementation tool for the European region.

37. The 2nd meeting of the Council of Europe Committee of Experts on participation of people with disabilities in political and public life (CAHPAH-PPL), Strasbourg, 9-11 December 2009, saw the active participation of Ms Edah Wangechi Maina, Vice-Chairperson of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

38. The International Labour Office (ILO) was represented at the European High Level Conference on “Women and Disabilities – Access to Training and Employment”, León, Spain, 12-13 February 2009, organised by the Spanish Ministry of Education, Social Policy and Sport, in co-operation with the Directorate General for Social Cohesion of the Council of Europe under the aegis of the Spanish Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.

39. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) was represented at the Seminar “Partnership in Care for Children with Disabilities”, Sofia, Bulgaria, 18-19 June 2009, organised by the Bulgarian Ministry of Labour and Social Policy in co-operation with the Directorate General of Social Cohesion of the Council of Europe, by the Director of the UNICEF Office in Bulgaria, who gave a presentation on relevant facts, figures and activities.

Roma Issues

40. UNDP and UNHCR have an observer status in meetings of the Council of Europe Committee of Experts on Roma and Travellers (MG-S-ROM). In 2009, UNHCR attended at least one of the two annual meetings of the Committee (Seville in March and Strasbourg in October).

41. At the October meeting, the UNHCR representative made a general introduction about the current trends concerning asylum requests made by Roma in the context of a debate on Roma migrants and refugees/asylum seekers. UNHCR also contributed to the discussion on the return of Roma to Kosovo.

42. Meetings of the Informal Contact Group of international organisations/institutions on Roma, Sinti and Traveller Issues are hosted twice a year under the auspices of the country having the presidency of the EU Council. UNDP and UNHCR both actively participate in ICG meetings.

43. The Council of Europe Division for the European Dimension of Education in DG4 co-operates with UNESCO on Roma issues. The creation of a task force on Roma education was discussed at the Council of Europe International Conference “Education for Roma: achievements, opportunities and challenges for the future” organised under the Slovenian presidency of the Council of Europe in Brdo on 25-26 May 2009. This task force has been so far supported by the Council of Europe, UNESCO, the Roma Education Fund (REF) and OSCE-ODIHR. The Council of Europe (DG4-Education) has already proposed to host the first meeting of this task force in 2010.

44. The Council of Europe and the UNHCR used to organise joint activities related to Roma refugees/IDPs. In 2009, the proposed joint Regional Conference on the legal status and citizenship of Roma was cancelled by the UNHCR due to an overlap with a joint project between the UNHCR and the EU under IPA. There have been no proposals for joint activities in 2010.

45. The UNHCR Office in Strasbourg actively contributes to the meetings of the MG-S-ROM and the UNHCR Office in Brussels to those of the Informal Contact Group. The Secretariat of the Roma and Travellers Division and the UNHCR Office in Strasbourg have regular contacts, e.g. on the situation of Roma returnees to Kosovo. However, despite these opinions, a number of member states continue to sign readmission agreements and return Roma. A stronger joint action and/or statement by our organisations is definitely needed on this topic.

46. The OHCHR is involved in Romani Women’s Conferences organised by the Council of Europe. Following the International Conference “Our voices heard” held in Stockholm in December 2007, the OHCHR will participate in the second conference “I am a European Roma Woman” to be held in Athens on 11-12 January 2010.

Media; Internet Governance as a Human Rights Issue

47. In 2009, the Council of Europe remained in close contact with the UN Secretariat regarding preparations for and contributions to the 4th Internet Governance Forum (IGF) held in Sharm-El-Sheikh, on 15 to 18 November 2009. In particular, the Council of Europe participated in all UN preparatory meetings for the IGF and submitted a written contribution as part of a planned UN background paper for the IGF. The Council of Europe was present throughout the IGF event in Sharm-El-Sheikh actively participating in a multitude of workshop and main session events: there were 7 workshops and 1 open forum organised and co-organised by the Council of Europe as well as the participation of Secretariat in 2 main session panels. Council of Europe experts and Secretariat also took part as key speakers in over 13 workshops organised by others.

48. Throughout the year, the Council of Europe expressed its strong support for the continuation of the IGF beyond its five year mandate (ending in 2010) which was followed-up by a letter of support which, in particular, underlined the IGF’s unique value in facilitating discussion and co-operation with regard to the protection and promotion of the Council of Europe’s core values on and through the Internet, namely human rights, the rule of law and democracy.

49. Prior to the IGF, the UN IGF Executive Co-ordinator, Markus Kummer, participated in the opening session of the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG), held in Geneva on 14 and 15 September 2009, which was strongly supported and facilitated by the Council of Europe. In co-operation with the UN Secretariat, the EuroDIG was held back-to-back with the UN preparatory open consultation and Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) meetings thereby demonstrating a strong sign of support for IGF regional initiatives.

50. The Council of Europe Secretariat exchanged information and expertise during the UNESCO-led World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) meeting on action line C-10 (ethical dimensions of the information society), in Geneva on 19 May 2009. In response to the request of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the Council of Europe also contributed to UNCTAD's assessment, pursuant to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) resolution 2006/46, on regional and international progress made as regards the follow-up and implementation of the World Summit on Information Society.

International law; terrorism (human rights aspects)

51. The Committee of Legal Advisers on Public International Law (CAHDI) continued to dedicate a large part of its work in 2009 to UN matters. As regards human rights, it pursued its work on the implementation of UN sanctions and the respect for human rights.

52. The CAHDI has developed close and confident relations with the UN Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team attached to the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1267 (1999). The said Monitoring Team attended all CAHDI meetings this year and provided important and updated information to the member States regarding the implementation of UN sanctions and the respect for human rights.

53. Following the adoption in 2007 of the “Road Map” on the Council of Europe’s contribution to the UN Global Counter Terrorism Strategy, the Council of Europe continued to play its role as a facilitator with a view to implementing this global approach at regional level. It pays particular attention to the implementation of chapter IV of the said Strategy related to the protection of Human Rights, in line with one of the main three aims of the Organisation.

54. The Council of Europe Counter-Terrorism Task-Force (CTTF) has kept strengthening its co-operation with various UN entities carrying out the counter-terrorism action. For instance, the CODEXTER meetings are regularly attended by the Office of UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Its 17th meeting (Strasbourg, 17-18 November 2009) was also attended by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) and the UN Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC).

55. The technical co-operation aspect of the relationship with the UN entities has been emphasised in 2009 in view to promote practical implementation of the Council of Europe counter-terrorism conventions and recommendations alongside with Human Rights awareness raising. In this respect, a specific mention should be made to the continued co-operation between the UNODC and the Council of Europe. The Council of Europe participated inter alia in the following UNODC activities:

- UNODC-OSCE Sub-regional workshop on the domestic legal implications of the United Nations Security Council Resolutions and Financial Sanctions against Terrorism for Central and South-East Europe (1-2 April 2009, Bucharest);

- International workshop on the National Counter-Terrorism Focal Points “Better Linking national and global counter-terrorism efforts” (12-13 October 2009, Vienna);

- Workshop on Enhancing International Legal Co-operation related to Terrorism, including the Drafting of Requests for Extradition and Mutual Legal Assistance (14-15 October 2009, Skopje).

56. In all these events, Council of Europe’s contributions paid special attention to the issues of protection of human rights in the fight against terrorism and dwelled on the relevant case-law of the European Court of Human Rights.

57. The Council of Europe has also developed privileged relations with the UN Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) and its Executive Directorate (CTED). Apart from the continuous participation of CTED in CODEXTER meetings, the CTED took part also to Council of Europe technical activities on the field and attended as observer the 1st Consultation of Parties to the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism (CETS No. 196).

58. In December 2009, the Council of Europe Jurisconsult and Director of Legal Advice and Public International Law addressed the CTC in New-York, underlining the excellent state of co-operation between its institution and the Council of Europe and proposing priorities for further co-operation. He insisted on the added value for international law of Council of Europe legal instruments against terrorism.

59. During his visit to New-York, he also had a number of bilateral meetings, in particular to address the human rights aspects of the counter-terrorism activities with Ms. Patricia O’Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and UN Legal Counsel, and Mr. Jean-Paul Laborde, Head of the UN Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force. The issue of the protection of Human Rights while fighting terrorism was raised in all these meetings and special attention was paid to the experiences gained in this domain by the Council of Europe over the years.

Human Rights Education

60. In accordance with the terms of reference of the Ad-hoc Advisory Group on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights (ED-EDCHR), UNESCO and OHCHR were invited to the meetings of this group, the main task of which was to advise the Steering Committee for Education and the Secretariat on the implementation of its Programme of Activities 2006-2009 on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights “Learning and living democracy for all”.

61. A Council of Europe representative was invited to the meetings of the United Nations Inter-Agency Co-ordinating Committee “Human Rights Education in the School System” (UNIACC) with a special guest status.

62. A Council of Europe expert presented the work on the draft Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education at a panel discussion organised by NGOs in parallel with the 10th session of the Human Rights Council on 16 March 2009. This presentation was facilitated with a view to creating synergies with the drafting process related to the UN Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training.

63. A joint side event on Human Rights Education was organised by UNIACC, the Council of Europe and the OSCE/ODIHR at the UN Review Conference (Geneva, 20-24 April 2009) on the Implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action (DDPA), adopted at the World Conference against Racism (Durban 2001).

64. Representatives of UNESCO attended the fourth inter-institutional meeting on citizenship and human rights education, hosted by the Council of Europe in Strasbourg on 15-16 June 2009. The inter-institutional meetings bring together major organisations active in the field with a view to develop synergies and avoid duplication. This meeting was devoted to the questions of teacher training.

65. Following the OSCE/ODIHR initiative, a publication entitled “Human Rights Education in the School Systems of Europe, Central Asia and North America: A Compendium of Good Practice” was published jointly by the Council of Europe, OHCHR, UNESCO and the OSCE/ODIHR in English in 2009. The French and Russian translation will be published in 2010. The Compendium was launched at a joint side event organised in the framework of the OSCE's annual Human Dimension Implementation Meeting, held in Warsaw on 2 October 2009. It is also foreseen to produce an on-line version of the compendium. Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) is co-ordinating this project.

66. In 2005, the Council of Europe, UNESCO and the Centre for Educational Policy Studies (Ljubljana) published a “Tool for Quality Assurance of Education for Democratic Citizenship in Schools”. The Tool was tested in Ukraine (2007-2009) and Romania (2008-2009) with the Council of Europe support. A publication "Introducing Quality Assurance of Education for Democratic Citizenship in Schools - A comparative Study on Ten Countries” was published in 2009, with a contribution from the German Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future”.

67. In future, the Council of Europe will continue to contribute to the UN World Programme for Human Rights Education (2nd Phase, 2010-2014) through its Programme of Activities “Learning and Living Democracy for All” (2010-2014).

68. On 13-14 November 2009, the North-South Centre organised its annual Lisbon Forum, under the theme “Creating a Culture of Human Rights through Education”. This event was organised in partnership with the Alliance of Civilizations, whose High Representative, Mr Jorge Sampaio, chaired it. Representatives from OHCHR, ODHIR and UNESCO gave keynote speeches at the Forum which attracted 150 participants from 44 countries. Other speakers included the Deputy Secretary General, Mrs Maud de Boer-Buquiccho, the Secretary of State for European Affairs of Portugal, Mr Pedro Lourtie, the Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr Thomas Hammarberg, the Minister for Education of Cape Verde, Mrs Vera Duarte and the Chair of the North-South Centre, Mrs Deborah Bergamini. This event benefited from the financial support of the European Commission and the Principality of Liechtenstein.

Trafficking in Human Beings

69. Co-operation between the United Nations and the Council of Europe in the field of trafficking in human beings was highlighted in the latest Resolution of the United Nations General Assembly A/RES/63/14 on Co-operation between the United Nations and the Council of Europe. In this Resolution the General Assembly, in particular:

    “1. Calls for the reinforcement of co-operation and synergies with the Council of Europe regarding the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms, inter alia, […] the fight against trafficking in human beings, […]

    5. Takes note with appreciation of the entry into force on 1 February 2008 of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings, to which any non-member State of the Council of Europe may accede after having obtained unanimous consent of the parties to the Convention, commends the enhanced co-operation between the United Nations and the Council of Europe in this regard, and expresses its appreciation for the preparation of a joint study on trafficking in organs and tissues, including trafficking in persons for the purpose of the removal of organs”.

70. The Council of Europe highly values its co-operation with the United Nations – the only other international organisation which has a legally binding instrument in the field of action against trafficking in human beings.6

71. The Council of Europe and the United Nations recently published a Joint Council of Europe/United Nations Study on trafficking in organs, tissues and cells and trafficking in human beings for the purpose of the removal of organs. A launching event for this Joint Study took take place in the United Nations headquarters in New York on 13 October 2009. All United Nations member states, relevant United Nations specialised agencies and bodies and relevant European international governmental and non-governmental organisations were invited to attend.

72. The Secretariat of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings participated in the work of the Inter-Agency Coordination Group against Trafficking in Persons (ICAT), established in September 2006, pursuant to the request from the United Nations Economic and Social Council (Resolution 2006/27),7 with the aim of fostering co-ordination and co-operation among relevant United Nations agencies and other international organisations involved in combating human trafficking and currently led by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

73. Since the new impulsion given in March 2008 to the Intergovernmental Organization Contact Group on Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling (IGO Contact Group), established under the co-ordination of the Trafficking Adviser of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR), the Council of Europe has been one of the key participants in its work, firmly supporting the human rights approach the Group takes as regards trafficking in human beings. The Council of Europe considers this Group to be a very useful forum for promoting the human rights approach, which should prevail in combating trafficking in human beings, as well as for holding the exchanges of views and experiences between major international organisations, acting against trafficking in human beings. The Executive Secretary of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings participated in the meeting of the IGO Contact Group held in Geneva on 11 March 2009.

74. The Executive Secretary of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings also participates in meetings of the Open-ended Interim Working Group on Trafficking in Persons established by the Conference of the Parties to advise and assist the Conference in the implementation of its mandate with regard to the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime. The next meeting of this Working Group will take place on 27-29 January 2010 in Vienna.

Other

75. In February 2009, the UNHCR participated in the final meeting of a working group of the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH), which finalised the draft Guidelines on Human Rights Protection in the context of Accelerated Asylum Procedures. The Guidelines were adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 1 July 2009.

Appendix II

990th meeting – 21 March 2007

Item 2.3

Co-operation between the Council of Europe and the United Nations –
Possible synergies in the human rights field
(CM/Del/Dec(2007)988/4.3b, CM/Inf(2006)44 and CM/Inf(2006)44 add)

Decisions

The Deputies

1. agreed, in the light of the discussions in GR-EXT, to take further steps to achieve greater synergy between the activities of the Council of Europe and those of the United Nations on matters relating to human rights;

2. encouraged the Secretariat to continue its efforts in this regard, with particular emphasis on targeted dissemination of information on Council of Europe standards and activities, active participation in Human Rights Council sessions and those of the Third Committee, the organisation of side events as well as training seminars on the activities of the Council of Europe in the human rights field for the delegates of the Human Rights Council, supplying the conclusions of relevant Council of Europe monitoring bodies contained in public documents to the Human Rights Council and attempting to ensure a more regular Secretariat presence at Human Rights Council sessions in Geneva;

3. agreed to continue their annual exchanges of views with experts from the capitals, while noting that, if the Chair considered it appropriate, further informal ad hoc discussions could be held on forthcoming activities of the Human Rights Council;

4. invited each succeeding chair of the Committee of Ministers to play an active role, in that capacity, in Human Rights Council and Third Committee sessions, by articulating Council of Europe values and standards, promoting human rights in general and seeking the support of all its member states for initiatives to enhance them;

5. invited the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH) to keep abreast of the work of the Human Rights Council and, where appropriate, organise exchanges of views on certain issues of interest to the CDDH;

6. encouraged the Secretariat to continue and develop its various forms of co-operation with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, as well as co-operation between, on the one hand, the Council of Europe's human rights bodies and its Commissioner for Human Rights and, on the other hand, those of the United Nations.

Appendix III

Annual programme of work for the fourth cycle of The Human Rights Council (2009-2010)

    Twelfth session (3 weeks)

14 September-2 October 2009

    Thirteenth session (4 weeks, incl. HLS)
    1-26 March 2010

    Fourteenth session (3 weeks)
    31 May-18 June 2010

Item 1. Organizational and procedural matters

Item 1. Organizational and procedural matters

Item 1. Organizational and procedural matters

    Ø Adoption of the programme of work for the session
    Ø Selection and appointment of mandate-holders
    Ø Adoption of the Report of the Session

    Ø Adoption of the programme of work for the session
    Ø High-level segment
    Ø Election of the members of the HRC Advisory Committee
    Ø Selection and appointment of mandate-holders
    Ø Adoption of the Report of the Session

    Ø Adoption of the programme of work for the session
    Ø Selection and appointment of mandate-holders
    Ø Adoption of the Report of the Session
    Ø Adoption of the Annual Report of the Human Rights Council

Item 2. Annual report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and reports of the OHCHR and the Secretary-General8

Item 2. Annual report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and reports of the OHCHR and the Secretary-General8

Item 2. Annual report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and reports of the OHCHR and the Secretary-General8

    Ø Update by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and other reports of the OHCHR and the Secretary-General
    Ø Consolidated report of the SG and the High Commissioner on the right to development (A/HRC/11/33)

    Ø Annual report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and other reports of the OHCHR and the Secretary-General
    Ø HC report on staff composition (Res 10/5)
    Ø HC report on international co-operation (Res 10/6)
    Ø SG report on the UN Voluntary Trust Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery Fund (GA res. 46/112)
    Ø SG report on national institutions for the promotion and protection of human rights (Dec. 2/102)
    Ø SG report on the process currently utilized by the ICC of National Institutions to accredit national institutions in compliance with the Paris Principles (Dec. 2/102)
    Ø SG report on question of human rights in Cyprus (Dec.2/102, 2005/103)
    Ø SG report on effective implementation of international human rights instruments (Res. 9/8)
    Ø SG report on conclusions and recommendations of the special procedures (Dec. 2/102)

    Ø Update by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and reports of the OHCHR and the Secretary-General
    Ø SG report on co-operation with the UN, its representatives and mechanisms (Res 12/2)
    Ø SG report on the rights of persons belonging to national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities (Dec. 2/102)

Item 3. Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development

Item 3. Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development

Item 3. Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development

Panels/events

    Ø Annual discussion on the integration of gender perspective into the Council’s work (Res. 6/30)
    Ø The human rights of migrants in detention centres (Res. 11/9)

Panels/event

    Ø Annual interactive debate on the rights of persons with disabilities (Res. 10/7)
    Ø Annual full-day meeting on the rights of the child (Res. 10/14)
    Ø Panel on the right to truth (Res. 9/11)
    Ø Panel on economic and financial crises during the HLS (Res 12/28)
    Ø High-level discussion on draft UN declaration on HRET during the HLS (Dec 12/118)
    Ø Panel on toxic wastes (Res 12/18)

Panels/events

Interactive Dialogues with SRs

    Ø Report of the SR on indigenous people (Res.9/7)
    Ø Report of the IE on HR and international solidarity (Res. 9/2)
    Ø Report of the SR on sale of children (Res. 7/13)
    Ø Report of the SR on toxic wastes (Res. 9/1)
    Ø Report of the SR on contemporary forms of slavery (Res. 6/14)
    Ø Report of the SR on food, as follow-up to 7th special session (9/6)
    Ø Report of the IE on access to safe drinking water and sanitation (Res. 7/22)
    Ø Report of the SRSG on children and armed conflict

Interactive Dialogues with SRs

    Ø Report by the SR on the right to food (Res.10/12)
    Ø Report of the SR on adequate housing (Res. 6/27)
    Ø Report by the WG on arbitrary detention (resolution 10/9)
    Ø Report of the SR on freedom of religion or belief (Res. 6/37 and 10/25)
    Ø Report of the WG on enforced or involuntary disappearances (Res.10/10)
    Ø Report of the SR on torture (Res. 10/24)
    Ø Report of the IE on minorities (Res. 6/15 and 7/6)
    Ø Report of the SR on human rights defenders (Res. 7/8)
    Ø Report of the RSG on IDPs (Res. 6/32) Report of the SR on counter-terrorism (Res. 10/15)
    Ø Report of the SRSG on violence against children

Interactive Dialogues with SRs

    Ø Report of the SR on education (Res. 8/4) Report of the SR on trafficking (Res. 8/12)
    Ø Report of the SR on summary executions (Res. 8/3)
    Ø Report of the SR on independence of judges and lawyers (Res. 8/6)
    Ø Report of the SR on migrants (Res. 8/10)
    Ø Report of the SR on transnational corporations (Res. 8/7)
    Ø Report of the SR on violence against women (Res. 7/24)
    Ø Report of the SR on the right to health (Res. 6/29)
    Ø Report of the IE on effects of foreign debt (Res. 7/4)
    Ø Report of the IE on extreme poverty (Res. 8/11)
    Ø Report of the SR on freedom of expression (Res. 7/36)
    Ø Report by the IE in the field of cultural rights (Res. 10/23)

Item 3 (cont’d)

Other reports

    Ø Report of the WG on the right to development (22-26 June 2009)
    Ø Report of the HC on consultations on World Programme for Human Rights Education (Res. 10/3)
    Ø Report of the SG on unilateral coercive measures (Res.9/4)
    Ø Study of the OHCHR on HR and transitional justice (Res.9/10)
    Ø Study of the OHCHR on the right to truth (Res.9/11)
    Ø Study of the Advisory Committee on the best practices in the matter of missing persons (Res.9/101)
    Ø Report of the OHCHR on extreme poverty (Res.7/29)
    Ø Draft principles and guidelines to eliminate discrimination against persons affected by leprosy and their family members-Advisory Committee (Res.8/13)
    Ø Report of the SRSG on children and armed conflict

Item 3 (cont’d)

Other reports

    Ø SG report on right to nationality (Res.10/13)
    Ø Reports of the HC on protecting human rights while countering terrorism (Res.10/15)
    Ø Progress report of the WG on OPCRC (Res 11/1)
    Ø Note by the HC - Study to enhance awareness on the structure and role of national mechanisms for the implementation and monitoring of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Res. 10/7)
    Ø HC report on the impact of the global economic and financial crises to the realization of all human rights and on possible actions required to alleviate it (Res. 12/28)
    Ø Joint study on secret detention of the SR on torture & other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, the SR on the promotion and protection of human rights & fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, the WG on Arbitrary Detention & the WG on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances

Item 3 (cont’d)

Other reports

    Ø Annual report of the HC on the question of the realization in all countries of economic, social and cultural rights (Res.10/1)
    Ø SG and HC reports on administration of justice, in particular juvenile justice (Res.10/2)
    Ø HC summary report on violence against women (Res 11/2)
    Ø HC report on responses to trafficking (Res 11/3)
    Ø HC outcome report of the workshop on the right to peace (Res 11/4)
    Ø HC study on maternal mortality (Res 11/8)
    Ø HC report on civilian in armed conflict (12/5)
    Ø Report of the HC on the OHCHR consultation on operationalizing the framework for business and human rights (5-6 October 2009) (Res. 8/7)

Item 4. Human Rights situations that require the Council’s attention

Item 4. Human Rights situations that require the Council’s attention

Item 4. Human Rights situations that require the Council’s attention

 

Interactive Dialogue

    Ø Report of the SR on the situation of HR in DPRK (Res. 10/16)
    Ø Report of the SR on the situation of HR in Myanmar (Res. 10/27)
    Ø HC report of Honduras (Res 12/14)

Interactive Dialogue
Report of IE on the Sudan (Res 11/10)

Item 5. Human rights bodies and mechanisms

Item 5. Human rights bodies and mechanisms

Item 5. Human rights bodies and mechanisms

    Ø Report of the complaint procedure
    Ø Report of the Expert Mechanism on indigenous peoples (2009)

    Ø Report of the complaint procedure
    Ø Reports of the Advisory Committee (3rd and 4th session)
    Ø Draft UN Declaration of Human Rights Education and Training submitted by the Advisory Committee (Res 10/28)

Item 5 (cont’d)

    Ø Report of the Advisory Committee on its study on discrimination in the context of the right to food (Res.10/12)
    Ø Report of the Social Forum (2009)
    Ø Report of the Forum on Minority Issues (2009)

    Ø Study of the Advisory Committee on missing persons (Dec 12/117)

Item 6. UPR

Item 6. UPR

Item 6. UPR

    (i) Selection of troikas for the sixth, seventh and eighth sessions of the UPR WG; and
    (ii) (ii) Consideration of the reports of the WG on UPR (5th session)

Consideration of the reports of the WG on UPR (6th session): Eritrea, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, Cambodia, Norway, Albania, DRC, Côte d’Ivoire, Portugal, Bhutan, Dominica, DPRK, Brunei Darussalam, Costa Rica, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia

Consideration of the reports of the WG on UPR (7th session): Qatar, Nicaragua, Italy, El Salvador, Gambia, Bolivia, Fiji, San Marino, Kazakhstan, Angola, Iran, Madagascar, Iraq, Slovenia, Egypt, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Item 7. Human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories

Item 7. Human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories

Item 7. Human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories

    Ø Follow-up to special sessions
    Ø Report of fact-finding mission

    Ø Follow-up to special sessions--SG report on the implementation of FFM report (Res. S-12/1), HC periodic report on the follow-up to SS9 (Res. S-9/1)
    Ø SG report on human rights in the occupied Syrian Golan (Res. 10/17)
    HC report on pregnant Palestinian women at checkpoint (Res. 2005/7)

    Ø Follow-up to special sessions

 

Interactive Dialogue

    Ø Report of the SR on the situation of HR in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967 (Res. 10/18)

 

Item 8. Follow-up and implementation of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action

Item 8. Follow-up and implementation of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action

Item 8. Follow-up and implementation of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action

    Ø Annual discussion on the integration of a gender perspective (Res. 6/30, op. 20)

   

Item 9. Racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related forms of intolerance, follow-up and implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action

Item 9. Racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related forms of intolerance, follow-up and implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action

Item 9. Racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related forms of intolerance, follow-up and implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action

Interactive Dialogue

    Ø Report of the SR on contemporary forms of racism on combating defamation of religions (Res. 7/19 and 10/22)

Interactive Dialogue

    Ø Report by the WG on People of African descent (Res. 9/14) (Mission to Ecuador)
    Ø Report of the Intergovernmental WG on the Effective Implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action on its seventh session (Res. 11/12)

Interactive Dialogue

    Ø Report of the SR on racism (Res. 7/34)

Other reports

    Ø HC report on the implementation of resolution (Res.10/22)

Other reports

    Ø Report of the Ad Hoc Committee on Complementary Standards on the second part of its first session (October 2009)
    Ø Report of the HC on the implementation of HRC resolution 10/22 entitled "Combating defamation of religions"

Other reports

Item 10. Technical assistance and capacity-building

Item 10. Technical assistance and capacity-building

Item 10. Technical assistance and capacity-building

Interactive Dialogue

    Ø Report of the IE on the situation of HR in Somalia (Res. 10/32)
    Ø Report of the SR on HR in Cambodia (Res.9/15)
    Ø Report of the IE on Burundi (Res.9/19)

Interactive Dialogue

    Ø Combined report of mandate-holders on D.R.C (Res. 10/33)
    Ø Report of IE on Somalia (Res 12/26)

Interactive Dialogue

    Ø Report of the IE on Haiti (PRST/9/1)

Other reports

    Ø Report of the SG on the role and achievements of the OHCHR in assisting Cambodia (Res.9/15)
    Ø Report of the OHCHR on HR in Liberia (Res.9/16)
    Ø Report of the OHCHR on Burundi (Res.9/19)

Other reports

    Ø OHCHR report on D.R.C (Res.10/33)
    Ø SG report on advisory services and technical co-operation in the field of human rights (CHR res. 2004/81 & HRC dec. 2/102)
    Ø HC report on the situation of human rights in Afghanistan and on the achievements of technical assistance in the field of human rights (Dec. 2/113)
    Ø HC report on the situation of human rights in Colombia
    Ø HC report on technical co-operation and advisory services in Nepal

 
Note 1 This document has been classified restricted at the date of issue; it will be declassified in accordance with Resolution Res(2001)6 on access to Council of Europe documents.
Note 2 See Appendix III, Annual Programme of work for the fourth cycle of the Human Rights Council (2009-2010),
Note 3 Chairperson : H.E. Mr. Normans Penke (Latvia); Rapporteur : Ms. Nicola Hill (New Zealand).
Note 4 See Addendum for the conclusions

5 Recommendation Rec(2006)5 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on the Council of Europe Action Plan to promote the rights and full participation of people with disabilities in society: improving the quality of life of people with disabilities 2006-2015

Note 6 Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime
Note 7 Strengthening international cooperation in preventing and combating trafficking in persons and protecting victims of such trafficking.
Note 8 All reports attributed to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights or the Secretary-General are submitted under item 2 of the agenda, which is an open-ended agenda item throughout each session.


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