Ministers' Deputies / Rapporteur Groups
GR-H
Rapporteur Group on Human Rights

GR-H(2005)CB4 20 April 20051
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Synopsis
Meeting of 13 April 2005

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The Ministers' Deputies' Rapporteur Group on Human Rights (GR-H) met on 13 April 2005 with Ambassador C. Yerocostopoulos, Permanent Representative of Greece in the chair. The following items were discussed in the light of Notes on the Agenda GR-H(2005)11:

    Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities – Presentation by the President of the Advisory Committee of the opinions concerning the implementation of the Framework Convention by:

05/13 Bulgaria
05/18 Croatia

The President of the Advisory Committee made a statement the text of which is reproduced in the Records of the meeting. The statements of the Representatives of Bulgaria and Croatia are likewise reproduced in the Records (Addendum to GR-H(2005)CB4).

After a brief debate, the Chairman noted that the Group would resume consideration of the Advisory Committee's Opinions on these two states at a future meeting on the basis of draft Resolutions to be drawn up by the Secretariat in consultation with the delegations concerned.

Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities – Debate on the draft resolutions on the implementation of the Convention by:

05/19 Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Chairman observed that the Group agreed to submit the draft resolution to the Deputies with a view to its adoption. The Representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina made a statement the text of which is reproduced in the Records.

05/20 “The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”

It had not proved possible to circulate an agreed draft in time for the meeting and accordingly it was agreed to postpone the item until a forthcoming meeting.

05/14 Candidates for the European Court of Human Rights - Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1649 (2004) - Draft reply

Following a brief debate on the basis of a revised draft prepared by the Secretariat, the text was approved and it was agreed to submit it to the Deputies with a view to its adoption at the 924th meeting (20 April 2005).

One delegation, noting that the Assembly had now changed its internal rules in order to accept all-female lists until a certain level of representation of women had been attained, stressed the importance of underlining that nothing in the proposed reply should detract from the Committee of Ministers' firm attachment to the achievement of a gender balance in the composition of the Court. This was agreed.

05/11 Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1684 (2004) on the implementation of decisions of the European Court of Human Rights – Draft reply

As it had proved impossible to submit a revised draft reply in time it was agreed to postpone the item until a forthcoming meeting.

05/03 Europe-wide ban on corporal punishment of children – Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1666 (2004) - Draft reply

The Group examined the draft reply contained in document GR-H(2005)1. A number of proposals for amendments were put forward. The Group agreed provisionally on the text contained in document CM/AS(2005)Rec1666 prov. It agreed to give delegations until Monday, 18 April 2005 to submit any comments on the text. The text would then be submitted to the Deputies for adoption (924th meeting, 20 April 2005).

05/08 Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH) -
Draft ad hoc terms of reference to negotiate a free-standing binding legal instrument establishing principles on access to official documents on the basis of Recommendation Rec(2002)2

The Group resumed consideration of the proposed Draft ad hoc terms of reference to negotiate a free-standing binding legal instrument establishing principles on access to official documents on the basis of Recommendation Rec(2002)2 (document CM/Notes/912/4.1). After discussion it agreed to adopt a two-stage approach whereby the CDDH would make a first report to the Deputies after a year on the contents and form of the draft instrument to be elaborated, before continuing its work. A proposal for amended draft terms of reference would be circulated among delegations which would have until Monday, 18 April 2005 to indicate any disagreement with the text. In the absence of comments from delegations, the item would be placed on the agenda of the Deputies 925th meeting on 4 May 2005.

05/17 European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) –
Examination of a curriculum vitae

The Chairman explained that as it had not been possible for Latvia to be represented at this meeting, he had agreed to convene a special meeting of the GR-H at 9.30 a.m. on 20 April 2005, before the opening of the 924th meeting so that this item could be dealt with.

05/21 European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) – Election of a member of the CPT in respect of Albania

It was noted that the Albanian delegation did not agree with the order proposed by the Parliamentary Assembly, as candidate No. 2 (Mr Braka) had already served one term of office in the CPT. However it was also noted that the Parliamentary Assembly had evidently considered that the candidates' comparative merits authorised a preference in this case for the female candidate (Mrs Mandro), in the interest of the gender balance of the CPT; the proportion of women among the CPT membership remains rather low.

- Any other business

None.

- Date of the next meeting

The next meeting of the Group (apart from the special meeting mentioned above) would be held on Tuesday 24 May 2005 at 3 p.m.

Note 1 This document has been classified restricted at the date of issue. Unless the Committee of Ministers decides otherwise, it will be declassified according to the rules set up in Resolution Res(2001)6 on access to Council of Europe documents.


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