Ministers’ Deputies
Notes on the Agenda

CM/Notes/1025/4.3 22 April 20081
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1025 Meeting, 30 April 2008
4 Human Rights


4.3 Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH)

a. Abridged report of the 66th meeting (Strasbourg, 25-28 March 2008)
b. CDDH activity report “Sustained action to ensure the effectiveness of the implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights at national and European levels” (follow-up to the Declaration adopted at the 116th Session of the Committee of Ministers (Strasbourg, 18-19 May 2006))
c. CDDH interim report “Enhancing the control system of the European Convention on Human Rights” (follow-up to the Wise Persons’ report further to the 117th Session of the Committee of Ministers, Strasbourg, 10-11 May 2008)
d. Request for extension of the ad hoc terms of reference of the DH-PR Group on the execution of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights (GT-DH-PR A)
e. Request for extension of the ad hoc terms of reference of the CDDH Working Group on human rights protection in the context of accelerated asylum procedures (GT-DH-AS)
f. CDDH Opinion on Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1824 (2008) – “United Nations Security Council and European Union blacklists”
g. Draft Council of Europe Convention on Access to Official Documents and draft Explanatory Report

Item prepared by the GR-H on 21.4.2008

Reference documents
CM(2008)51, CM(2008)52, CM(2008)56, CM(2008)56 add1 and CM(2008)56 add2
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Action

To take note of the abridged report of the 66th meeting of the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH) (document CM(2008)56) and to adopt the relevant decisions (item proposed for adoption without debate).

To approve the extended ad hoc terms of reference for sub-committees to the CDDH.

At its meeting of 21 April 2008, the GR-H examined the abridged report of the 66th meeting of the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH), which appears in document CM(2008)56, the activity and interim reports (see items b and c above), which appear in documents CM(2008)52 and CM(2008)51 respectively, the requests for extension of two ad hoc terms of reference (see items d and e above), which appear at appendices 2 and 3 of document CM(2008)56, the CDDH opinion (see item f above), which appears at appendix 4 of document CM(2008)56, and the draft Convention (see item g above), which appears in document CM(2008)56 add1, in the light of its Explanatory Report which appears in document CM(2008)56 add2. It agreed to transmit them to the Deputies for adoption of the relevant decisions at their 1025th meeting on 30 April 2008. The Deputies are invited to adopt the decisions without further debate (item placed in the box), with the exception of the draft ad hoc terms of reference.

Financing assured: YES

DRAFT DECISIONS

1025th meeting – 30 April 2008

Item 4.3a,b,c,f,g

Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH)

a. Abridged report of the 66th meeting (Strasbourg, 25-28 March 2008)
b. CDDH activity report “Sustained action to ensure the effectiveness of the implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights at national and European levels” (follow-up to the Declaration adopted at the 116th Session of the Committee of Ministers (Strasbourg, 18-19 May 2006))
c. CDDH interim report “Enhancing the control system of the European Convention on Human Rights” (follow-up to the Wise Persons’ report further to the 117th Session of the Committee of Ministers, Strasbourg, 10-11 May 2008)
f. CDDH Opinion on Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1824 (2008) – “United Nations Security Council and European Union blacklists”
g. Draft Council of Europe Convention on Access to Official Documents and draft Explanatory Report
(CM(2008)51, CM(2008)52, CM(2008)56, CM(2008)56 add1 and CM(2008)56 add2)

Decisions

The Deputies

1. took note of the CDDH Activity Report “Sustained action to ensure the effectiveness of the implementation of the ECHR at national and European levels” (follow-up to the declaration adopted at the 116th Session of the Committee of Ministers, Strasbourg, 18-19 May 2006), as it appears in document CM(2008)52, and agreed to transmit it to the 118th Session of the Committee of Ministers;

2. took note of the CDDH Interim Report “Enhancing the control system of the ECHR” (follow-up to the Wise Persons’ report further to the 117th Session of the Committee of Ministers, Strasbourg, 10-11 May 2007), as it appears in document CM(2008)51, and agreed to transmit it to the 118th Session of the Committee of Ministers;

3. took note of the fact that the CDDH opinion on Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1824 (2008) – “United Nations Security Council and European Union blacklists”, as it appears at Appendix 4 of document CM(2008)56, would be examined in the framework of the reply to the recommendation;

4. transmitted the draft Council of Europe Convention on access to official documents, as it appears in document CM(2008)56 add1, and its Explanatory Report, as it appears in document CM(2008)56 add2, to the Parliamentary Assembly and invited the latter to give its opinion on the draft Convention;

5. in the light of decisions 1 to 4 above, took note of the abridged report of the 66th meeting of the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH) as a whole, as it appears in document CM(2008)56.

DRAFT DECISIONS

1025th meeting – 30 April 2008

Item 4.3d,e

Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH)

d. Request for extension of the ad hoc terms of reference of the DH-PR Group on the execution of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights (GT-DH-PR A)
e. Request for extension of the ad hoc terms of reference of the CDDH Working Group on human rights protection in the context of accelerated asylum procedures (GT-DH-AS)
(CM(2008)56)

The Deputies

1. approved the draft extended ad hoc terms of reference of the DH-PR Group on the execution of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights (GT-DH-PR A), as they appear at Appendix … of the present volume of Decisions; << see Appendix 2 of document CM(2008)56 >>

2. approved the draft extended ad hoc terms of reference of the CDDH Working Group on human rights protection in the context of accelerated asylum procedures (GT-DH-AS) as they appear at Appendix … of the present volume of Decisions. << see Appendix 3 of document CM(2008)56 >>

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.


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