Statutory report 2006

    4. Human Rights

    Human Rights - in general
    European Convention on Human Rights/European Court of Human Rights
    European Social Charter
    European Convention for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT)
    Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities
    Human Rights Commissioner
    Equality
    European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)

    Human Rights - in general

    At their 972nd meeting on 6 September (Item 4.2) the Deputies took note of the information provided by the delegation of the Russian Federation concerning the Conference on the “Influence of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms on the progress of the European states’ legal systems” (Yaroslavl, 28-30 June 2006) and invited their Rapporteur Group on Human Rights (GR-H) to consider the possible follow up to be given.

    Council of Europe three-year programme “Building a Europe for and with children” (2006-2008)

    At their 971st meeting on 12 July (Item 6.1a), the Deputies took note of the preliminary conclusions of the UN Secretary General’s study on violence against children presented by Professor Paulo Pinheiro and confirmed the Council of Europe’s support for this process. The Deputies also took note (Item 6.1b) of the Secretary General's report on the Launching Conference of the Council of Europe three-year programme “Building a Europe for and with children” (Monaco, 4-5 April 2006), and welcomed the Policy paper on the Council of Europe three-year programme “Building a Europe for and with children” (2006-2008), its objectives and the methodology suggested.

    At their 969th meeting on 21 June (Item 4.4), the Deputies adopted the reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1719 (2005) on enforced disappearances.

    At their 969th meeting on 21 June (Item 4.6), the Deputies took note of the abridged report of the 2nd meeting of the Task Force to Combat Violence against Women, including domestic violence. They approved the Blueprint for the Council of Europe Campaign to combat violence against women, including domestic violence, and encouraged the Council of Europe member and observer states to provide voluntary contributions in order to enhance the efficient implementation of this campaign, in addition to the budgetary appropriations proposed by the Secretary General in the framework of the 2007 priorities. The Deputies decided to transmit to the Parliamentary Assembly and to the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe the Blueprint for the Council of Europe Campaign to combat violence against women, including domestic violence, and the abridged reports of the two Task Force meetings, and instructed the Secretariat to ensure wide dissemination of the Blueprint to the governmental and parliamentary authorities, the local and regional authorities, and the NGOs working in this field.

    At their 969th meeting on 21 June (Item 4.7), the Deputies adopted the reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1732 (2006) on integration of immigrant women in Europe.

    At their 962nd meeting on 26 April (item 4.1) the Deputies took note of the abridged report of the 1st meeting of the Task Force to Combat Violence against Women, including domestic violence (EG-TFV) (Strasbourg, 21-23 February 2006).

    At their 958th meeting on 15 March (item 4.3) the Deputies adopted the reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1716 (2005) on promoting a United Nations 5th World Conference on Women.

    At their 953rd meeting on 18 January (item 4.6) the Deputies agreed to hold the next exchange of views with the United Nations on human rights questions with experts from capitals in Strasbourg on 23 February 2006 (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.), with the following agenda:

    a. General discussion on the main results and developments of the 60th session of the United Nations' General Assembly, including follow-up to the 2005 UN World Summit, notably the establishment of a Human Rights Council;

    b. Specific thematic questions;

    c. Specific national situations;

    d. Co-operation between the Council of Europe and the United Nations in the human rights field;

    The Deputies agreed to authorise the Chairman to invite the states enjoying observer status with the Council of Europe: Canada, the Holy See, Japan, Mexico and the United States of America, to send representatives to the exchange of views.

    CDDH (Steering Committee for Human Rights)

    Ad hoc Committee on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (CAHTEH)

    CDDH
    (Steering Committee for Human Rights)

    At their 974th meeting on 27 September (Item 4.3) the Deputies adopted Decision No. CM/869/27092006, giving ad hoc terms of reference to the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH).

    At their 963rd meeting on 3 May (item 4.1a), the Deputies took note of the abridged report of the 62nd meeting of the CDDH (Strasbourg, 4-7 April 2006). They took note of the interim report of the CDDH on the preparation of a legally binding instrument on access to official documents, and of the activity report of the Group of Specialists on Human Rights and the Fight against Terrorism (DH-S-TER) on the use of diplomatic assurances in the context of expulsion procedures, in cases where there is a risk of torture or inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. The Deputies also took note of the opinion of the Committee of Experts on Issues relating to the Protection of National Minorities (DH-MIN) on draft Recommendation Rec(2006)…of the Committee of Ministers to member states on the promotion of the participation of minority young people and of the introductory note of the CDDH.

    At the same meeting (item 4.1.b), the Deputies took note of the activity report of the CDDH “Reform of the European Convention on Human Rights – Declaration of the Committee of Ministers “Ensuring the effectiveness of the implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights at national and European levels”” and agreed to transmit it to the 116th Ministerial Session (Strasbourg, 18 19 May 2006). They approved the draft Rules of the Committee of Ministers for the supervision of the execution of judgments and of the terms of friendly settlements, with the exception of Rules 9 and 15, in respect of which they agreed to resume consideration at their 964th meeting (10 May 2006). Finally the Deputies agreed, bearing in mind their wish that these Rules be applicable with immediate effect to the extent that they do not depend on the entry into force of Protocol No. 14 to the European Convention on Human Rights, that these Rules should take effect as from the date of their adoption, as necessary by applying them mutatis mutandis to the existing provisions of the Convention, with the exception of Rules 10 and 11.

    The Deputies went on to adopt (item 4.1c) their report “Ensuring the continued effectiveness of the European Convention on Human Rights – The implementation of the reform measures adopted by the Committee of Ministers at its 114th Session (12 May 2004)” and agreed to transmit it to the 116th Ministerial Session (Strasbourg, 18-19 May 2006), and subject to the decisions to be taken concerning Rules 9 and 15 of the draft Rules of the Committee of Ministers for the supervision of the execution of judgments and of the terms of friendly settlements, approved the draft Declaration on “Sustained action to ensure the effectiveness of the implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights at national and European levels”, agreeing to transmit it to the 116th Ministerial Session for adoption.

    At their 953rd meeting on 18 January (item 4.4a) the Deputies took note of the abridged report of the 61st meeting of the CDDH (Strasbourg, 22-25 November 2005). They took note of the opinion of the CDDH on Parliamentary Assembly Recommendations 1719 (2005) on enforced disappearances and 1727 (2005) on accelerated asylum procedures in Council of Europe member states, and of the CDDH’s final activity report “Human rights and the environment” which contains a Manual on human rights and the environment – Principles emerging from the case law of the European Court of Human Rights, and authorised the publication of this manual.

    The Deputies went on to take note(item 4.4b) of the CDDH’s progress report “Reform of the European Convention on Human Rights – Information on the implementation of the five recommendations mentioned in the Declaration adopted by the Committee of Ministers at its 114th Session (12 May 2004)”, and of the arrangements agreed within the Rapporteur Group on Human Rights (GR-H) for the preparation of a draft full report which will be submitted to them by the GR-H with a view to its presentation at the 116th Session of the Committee of Ministers.

    European Convention on Human Rights/European Court of Human Rights

    Convention
    Court
    Election of Judges
    Supervising the execution of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights
    Other activities relating to the control of execution of the judgements of the Court
    Former Article 32 of the Convention

    Convention

    At their 974th meeting on 27 September (Item 4.1) the Deputies reiterated their strong and urgent call on the Russian Federation, as the only member state which has not yet abolished the death penalty, to take without delay all the necessary steps to transform the existing moratorium on executions into de jure abolition of the death penalty and to ratify Protocol No. 6. They expressed disappointment with the information provided by the Russian Federation on measures taken to this effect, and agreed to resume consideration of this issue at one of their forthcoming meetings, but no later than January 2007, in the light of additional information to be provided by the Russian Federation by mid December 2006 at the latest. The Deputies welcomed the signature of Protocol No. 13 by Armenia since their last exchange of views and encouraged those states which had not yet signed or ratified the Protocol to do so rapidly.

    At their 972nd meeting on 6 September (Item 1.6) the Deputies took note of the proposals made by the Secretary General for follow-up activities to his reports under Article 52 of the European Convention on Human Rights on the question of secret detention and transport of detainees suspected of terrorist acts, notably by or at the instigation of foreign agencies and agreed to resume consideration of this item at one of their forthcoming meetings.

    At their 962nd meeting on 26 April (item 4.3) the Deputies strongly urged the Russian Federation, as the only member state which has not yet abolished the death penalty, to take without delay all the necessary steps to transform the existing moratorium on executions into de jure abolition of the death penalty and to ratify Protocol No. 6. They noted that the Russian Federation had provided some information on measures taken to this effect and invited it to provide further information by mid-September 2006. The Deputies agreed to resume consideration of this issue at one of their forthcoming meetings in the light of additional information to be provided by the Russian Federation, but no later than September 2006, and at the same time welcomed the ratification of Protocol No. 13 by Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Turkey since their last exchange of views and encouraged those states which have not yet signed or ratified the Protocol to do so rapidly.

    At their 953rd meeting on 18 January (item 4.2) the Deputies strongly urged the Russian Federation, as the only member state which has not yet abolished the death penalty, to take without delay all the necessary steps to transform the existing moratorium on executions into de jure abolition of the death penalty and to ratify Protocol No. 6 to the European Convention on Human Rights. They agreed to resume consideration of this issue at one of their forthcoming meetings in the light of information received from the Russian Federation, but no later than April 2006, and welcomed Monaco’s ratification of Protocol No. 13 to the Convention since their last exchange of views, encouraging those states which have not yet signed or ratified the Protocol to do so rapidly.

    Court

    (http://www.echr.coe.int)

    Election of Judges

    At their 974th meeting on 27 September (Item 4.8) the Deputies took note of the list of candidates for the election of a judge of the European Court of Human Rights presented in respect of Malta and agreed to transmit the list to the Parliamentary Assembly.

    At their 965th meeting on 24 May (Item 4.3a and b) the Deputies took note of the lists of candidates for the election of judges of the European Court of Human Rights presented in respect of Switzerland and Finland and agreed to transmit the lists of candidates to the Parliamentary Assembly.

    At their 964th meeting on 10 May (Item 4.2) the Deputies took note of the list of candidates for the election of a judge of the European Court of Human Rights presented in respect of Monaco, and agreed to transmit the list of candidates to the Parliamentary Assembly.

    At their 957th meeting on 1 March (item 4.6) the Deputies took note of the list of candidates for the election of a judge of the European Court of Human Rights presented in respect of Liechtenstein, and agreed to transmit the list of candidates in respect of Liechtenstein to the Parliamentary Assembly.

    Supervising the execution of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights

    The full texts of these resolutions are available on the following internet sites:
    http://www.echr.coe.int/Hudoc.htm

    At their 978th meeting on 25 October (Item 4.2) the Deputies designated the following experts to participate in the work of the DH-PR Group on the execution of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights (GT-DH-PR A) concerning the development of further practical proposals for the supervision of the execution of judgments in situations of slow or negligent execution:

    - Ms Suela Meneri (Albanian)

    - Ms Annette Weerth (German)

    - Mr Ronan Gargan (Irish)

    - Mr Francesco Crisafulli (Italian)

    - Ms Ragna Fidjestol (Norwegian)

    - Mr Jakub Woląsiewicz (Polish)

    - Mr Mǻns Molander (Swedish)

    - Ms Deniz Akçay (Turkish)

    - Ms Helen Mulvein (British);

    They noted that the CDDH had designated for its part the DH-PR experts from the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Italy, Latvia, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia and Spain, to participate in the GT-DH-PR A.

    At their 964th meeting on 10 May (Item 4.3) the Deputies adopted the Rules of the Committee of Ministers for the supervision of the execution of judgments and of the terms of friendly settlements and agreed to reflect this decision in the report “Ensuring the continued effectiveness of the European Convention on Human Rights – The implementation of the reform measures adopted by the Committee of Ministers at its 114th Session (12 May 2004)” and in the draft Declaration on “Sustained action to ensure the effectiveness of the implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights at national and European levels”. They decided, bearing in mind their wish that these Rules be applicable with immediate effect to the extent that they do not depend on the entry into force of Protocol No. 14 to the European Convention on Human Rights, that these Rules shall take effect as from the date of their adoption, as necessary by applying them mutatis mutandis to the existing provisions of the Convention, with the exception of Rules 10 and 11.

    At their 964th meeting on 10 May (Item H46-1) the Deputies adopted Interim Resolution ResDH(2006)26 in the case of Ilaşcu and others against Moldova and the Russian Federation and agreed to resume consideration of the measures taken towards the execution of the Court’s judgment at their 965th meeting (24 May 2006).

    At their 961stmeeting on 5 April (item 4.3), the Deputies adopted Resolution ResDH(2006)24 concerning the publication of the report of the European Commission of Human Rights in the case of Greece against the United Kingdom (application No. 299/57).

    At their 957th meeting on 1 March (item H 46-1) the Deputies adopted Interim Resolution ResDH(2006)11, and decided to resume consideration of this case at their 958th meeting (15 March 2006). 

    European Social Charter

    Activities of the supervisory bodies
    ECSR (European Committee of Social Rights)
    T-SG (Governmental Committee of the European Social Charter)
    Examination of national reports
    Collective complaints

    Activities of the supervisory bodies

    At their 963rd meeting on 3 May (item 4.2), the Deputies, having observed that there was unanimous agreement of the States Parties to the Charter and the revised Charter, adopted the new system of presentation of reports under the European Social Charter.

    ECSR (European Committee of Social Rights)

    At their 979th meeting on 8 November (Item 4.4) the Deputies, having voted in accordance with Article 25 of the European Social Charter, declared the following candidates elected as members of the European Committee of Social Rights, with effect from 1 January 2007, for a term of office which will expire on 31 December 2012:

    – Ms Monika SCHLACHTER (Germany);

    – Ms Csilla KOLLONAY LEHOCZKY (Hungary);

    – Mr Jean-Michel BELORGEY (France);

    – Mr Andrzej SWIATKOWSKI (Poland);

    They declared Mr Colm O’CINNEIDE (Ireland) elected as member of the European Committee of Social Rights, with effect immediately, for a term of office which will expire on 31 December 2010, and adopted accordingly Resolution ResChS(2006)6. The Deputies fixed 1 December 2006 as the deadline for states belonging to Group III to nominate candidates for the remaining vacant seat in Group III for a term of office which will begin on 1 January 2007 and end on 31 December 2012 and decided to proceed to elect a member at one of their forthcoming meetings in accordance with the procedure adopted at their 969th meeting (21 June 2006, item 4.3).

    At their 969th meeting on 21 June (Item 4.3), the Deputies adopted the following procedure for filling the five seats on the European Committee of Social Rights falling vacant on 31 December 2006, and for the seat left vacant following the resignation of a member of the Committee, the terms for the former seats beginning on 1 January 2007 and ending on 31 December 2012 and the latter seat covering the remainder of the term of the resigned member, i.e. ending on 31 December 2010:

    a. each State Party to the European Social Charter or Revised European Social Charter may submit to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, by 30 September 2006 at the latest, the name of a candidate it deems suitable for the vacant seats, bearing in mind that these seats concern Groups I (two seats), II (one seat), III (two seats) and V (one seat), and having regard to Article 25 of the Charter as it appears in Article 3 of the Protocol amending the European Social Charter and to the agreed rules concerning nationality, and taking into account Recommendation No. R (81) 6 of the Committee of Ministers adopted on 30 April 1981;

    b. the Secretary General will then forward the list of nominations to the Committee of Ministers, which will hold an election by secret ballot at one of its meetings in the autumn of 2006;

    c. the candidate(s) obtaining an absolute majority of the votes cast and the highest number of votes will be declared elected;

    d. if one or all the seats remain unfilled after the first ballot, there will be a second round of voting in which the candidate(s) obtaining the highest number of votes will be declared elected;

    The Deputies agreed, for the purposes of this election, to allocate the 46 member states as follows:

    Group I (three seats): two seats vacant

    Armenia, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Slovak Republic and Switzerland.

    Group II (three seats): one seat vacant

    Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Luxembourg, Moldova, Monaco, Netherlands, Romania and Turkey.

    Group III (three seats): two seats vacant

    Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Norway, Sweden and United Kingdom

    Group IV (three seats): no seat vacant

    Albania, Andorra, Cyprus, Georgia, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, San Marino and Spain.

    Group V (three seats): one seat vacant

    Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Estonia, “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russian Federation, Republic of Serbia, Ukraine and Slovenia.

    At their 957th meeting on 1 March (item 4.2a) the Deputies, in accordance with Article 29 of the European Social Charter and the decision adopted by the Committee of Ministers at the 541st meeting of the Deputies (June 1995, item 4.6), and in their composition restricted to Representatives of the Contracting Parties to the European Social Charter or the revised Charter in the Committee of Ministers, on the basis of the abridged report of the Governmental Committee of the European Social Charter concerning Conclusions XVII-2 (CM(2006)10), adopted Resolution ResChS(2006)1 on the application of the European Social Charter during the period 2001-2002 (17th supervision cycle – second part).

    The Deputies went on (item 4.2b) to adopt, in accordance with Article 29 of the European Social Charter and the decision adopted by the Committee of Ministers at the 541st meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies (June 1995, item 4.6), and in their composition restricted to Representatives of the Contracting Parties to the European Social Charter or the revised Charter in the Committee of Ministers, on the basis of the abridged report of the Governmental Committee concerning Conclusions 2005 of the European Social Charter (revised) (CM(2006)11), Resolution ResChS(2006)2 on the application of the European Social Charter (revised) during the period 2001-2002 (Conclusions 2005).

    At their 957th meeting on 1 March (item 4.4) the Deputies, having voted in accordance with Article 25 of the European Social Charter, declared Mrs Ersiliagrazia SPATAFORA (Italy) elected as a member of the European Committee of Social Rights, with effect immediately, for a term of office which will expire on 31 December 2010. They adopted accordingly Resolution ResChS(2006)3.

    Collective complaints

    At their 971st meeting on 12 July (Item 4.2), the Deputies, in conformity with Article 9 of the Additional Protocol to the European Social Charter providing for a system of collective complaints, and in their composition restricted to the Representatives of the Contracting Parties to the European Social Charter or to the Revised European Social Charter in the Committee of Ministers, adopted Resolution ResChS(2006)5.

    At their 963rd meeting on 3 May (item 4.5), the Deputies, in conformity with Article 9 of the Additional Protocol to the European Social Charter providing for a system of collective complaints, and in their composition restricted to the Representatives of the Contracting Parties to the European Social Charter or to the Revised European Social Charter in the Committee of Ministers, adopted Resolution ResChS(2006)4.

    European Convention for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT)

    For visits, publications and other activities of the CPT please consult the website: http://www.cpt.coe.int/en/whatsnew.htm or the CPT database: http://hudoc.cpt.coe.int

    At their 979th meeting on 8 November (Item 4.1b) the Deputies took note of the 16th General Activity Report of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT), for the period 1 August 2005 to 31 July 2006, as it appears in document CM(2006)183.

    At their 972nd meeting on 6 September (Item 4.1) the Deputies, having proceeded to election in conformity with Rules 8 and 9 of Resolution (97) 10, declared Ms Marieke SANDERS-TEN HOLTE elected to the list of experts eligible to serve on the Advisory Committee in respect of the Netherlands and consequently adopted Resolution ResCMN(2006)10.

    At their 969th meeting on 21 June (Item 4.2), the Deputies having regard to the two groups “A” and “B” as established at their 784th, 874th, 888th and 930th meetings for the purposes of election of members of the CPT, decided to include Monaco in Group “A”. Having voted in accordance with Article 5, paragraph 1, of the European Convention for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, and having also regard to the decision taken at their 784th meeting concerning the application of the procedure provided for in Article 5, paragraph 4, of the Convention, as well as to the above-mentioned decision taken at the present meeting, the Deputies declared the following candidates elected as members of the CPT, with effect from 21 June 2006 for a term of office which will expire on 19 December 2009: Mr Roland MARQUET in respect of Monaco, Mr Emilio GINÉS SANTIDRIÁN in respect of Spain and Mr Ömer ATALAR in respect of Turkey. They adopted accordingly Resolution ResCPT(2006)3.

     At their 957th meeting on 1 March (item 4.5) the Deputies, having voted in accordance with Article 5, paragraph 1, of the European Convention for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, and having also regard to the decision taken at their 784th meeting concerning the application of the procedure provided for in Article 5, paragraph 4, of the Convention, declared Mr Andres LEHTMETS re-elected as member of the CPT in respect of Estonia with effect from 1 March 2006 for a term of office which will expire on 19 December 2009. They also declared Mr Tim DALTON elected as member of the CPT in respect of Ireland with effect from 1 March 2006 for a term of office which will expire on 19 December 2011. They adopted accordingly Resolution ResCPT(2006)2.

    At their 953rd meeting on 18 January (item 4.1) the Deputies, having voted in accordance with Article 5, paragraph 1, of the European Convention for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, and having also regard to the decision taken at their 784th meeting concerning the application of the procedure provided for in Article 5, paragraph 4, of the Convention, declared Mrs Birgit LIE elected as member of the CPT in respect of Norway, with effect from 18 January 2006, for a term of office which will expire on 19 December 2009. They adopted accordingly Resolution ResCPT(2006)1.

    Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

    At their 981st meeting on 29 November (item 4.1b) the Deputies took note of the 5th activity report of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities covering the period from 1 June 2004 to 31 May 2006.

    At their 979th meeting on 8 November (Item 4.2a) the Deputies, having proceeded to election in conformity with Rules 8-9 of Resolution (97) 10, declared Mrs Edita ŽIOBIENE elected to the list of experts eligible to serve on the Advisory Committee in respect of Lithuania, Mrs Athanasia SPILIOPOULOU ÅKERMARK in respect of Sweden (Item 4.2b), Mrs Anastasia CRICKLEY in respect of Ireland (Item 4.2c) and Mrs Iryna KRESINA in respect of Ukraine (item 4.2c) and consequently adopted Resolutions ResCMN(2006)13, 14, 15 and 16.

    At their 974th meeting on 27 September (Item 4.7a and b) the Deputies having proceeded to election in conformity with Rules 8-9 of Resolution (97) 10, declared Mr Zdzisław W. GALICKI elected to the list of experts eligible to serve on the Advisory Committee in respect of Poland and Mrs Lidija R. BASTA FLEINER in respect of Serbia, and consequently adopted Resolutions ResCMN(2006)11 and 12.

    At the same meeting (Item 4.2) the Deputies, recalling the decision taken at their 832nd meeting (19 March 2003, item 4.2) concerning authorisation of the Advisory Committee to commence monitoring without state reports; and taking note of the fact that Cyprus and the United Kingdom had failed to supply state reports 24 months after expiry of the time-limit laid down by Article 25, paragraph 1 of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities and the Committee of Ministers’ Resolution (97) 10, decided in the light of the present debate to authorise the Advisory Committee to commence monitoring in respect of these two states as provided in the above-mentioned decision and without prejudice to any other monitoring procedure.

    At their 969th meeting on 21 June (Item 4.1), the Deputies, having proceeded to election in conformity with Rules 8 and 9 of Resolution (97) 10, declared Mr Giorgi MELADZE elected to the list of experts eligible to serve on the Advisory Committee in respect of Georgia, and consequently adopted Resolution ResCMN(2006)7.

    At the same meeting (Item 4.9a and b), the Deputies adopted Resolutions ResCMN(2006)8 and ResCMN(2006)9 on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by the Slovak Republic and in Kosovo (Republic of Serbia).

    At their 967th meeting on 14 June (Item 4.1a) the Deputies adopted Resolutions ResCMN(2006)5 and ResCMN(2006)6 on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Italy and Slovenia respectively.

    At their 963rd meeting on 3 May (item 4.4a) the Deputies, having proceeded to election in conformity with Rules 8 and 9 of Resolution (97) 10, declared Ms llze BRANDS-KEHRIS elected to the list of experts eligible to serve on the Advisory Committee in respect of Latvia, and consequently adopted Resolution ResCMN(2006)4.

    At the same meeting (item 4.4b), the Deputies, having proceeded in accordance with Rules 15 and 16 of Resolution (97) 10, appointed as ordinary members of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for a four-year term commencing on 1 June 2006 and expiring on 31 May 2010, the nine experts named below, eight of whom by drawing of lots on the Deputies’ behalf and in their presence by the Chairman:

    - Mr Joseph MARKO in respect of Austria;

    - Mr Demetrios STYLIANIDES in respect of Cyprus;

    - Mr Dalibor JÍLEK in respect of the Czech Republic;

    - Ms Eva SMITH-ASMUSSEN in respect of Denmark;

    - Mr Sergio BARTOLE in respect of Italy;

    - Ms llze BRANDS-KEHRIS in respect of Latvia;

    - Ms Bohumila FERENČUHOVÁ in respect of the Slovak Republic;

    - Mr Ferenc HAJÓS in respect of Slovenia;

    - Mr Alan PHILLIPS in respect of the United Kingdom.

    At their 961stmeeting on 5 April (item 4.1), the Deputies adopted Resolution ResCMN(2006)3 on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Bulgaria.

    At their 958th meeting on 15 March (item 4.2) the Deputies adopted Resolution ResCMN(2006)2 on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by the Czech Republic.

    At their 956th meeting on 15 February (item 4.4) the Deputies adopted Resolution ResCMN(2006)1 on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Estonia. 

    Human Rights Commissioner

    At their 974th meeting on 27 September (Item 4.4) the Deputies adopted the reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1640 (2004) on the 3rd annual report on the activities of the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights (1 January-31 December 2002).

    At their 969th meeting on 21 June (Item 4.5), the Deputies took note of the Commissioner’s presentation concerning the development of the role of the institution, and invited their Rapporteur Group on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (GR-AB) to pursue examination of the considerations raised concerning the resources of the Office of the Commissioner in the context of the preparation of the Budget for 2007.

    Equality

    (http://www.coe.int/t/e/Human_Rights/Equality/)

    At their 979th meeting on 8 November (Item 4.3) the Deputies took note of the report by the Secretary General on the 6th European Ministerial Conference on Equality between Women and Men (Stockholm, 8-9 June 2006). They took note of the Resolution on “Achieving gender equality: a challenge for human rights and a prerequisite for economic development” and of the Action Plan for achieving gender equality in all spheres of society, adopted by the Conference and agreed to bring them to the attention of their governments, for them to draw inspiration in establishing and implementing their national equality policies. They instructed the Secretariat to communicate the above-mentioned Resolution and Action Plan to the Parliamentary Assembly, to the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe as well as to all the steering committees, so that they take them into account in their future work.

    At their 973rd meeting on 13 September (Item 4.1) the Deputies adopted the reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1738 (2006) on mechanisms to ensure women's participation in decision-making.

    At the same meeting (Item 4.2) the Deputies adopted the reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1739 (2006) on gender budgeting and invited the Secretary General, in consultation with the Budget Committee, to explore the possibilities of implementing the principles of gender budgeting in the Organisation’s budgets.

    At their 965th meeting on 24 May (Item 4.1) the Deputies took note of the abridged report of the 34th meeting of the CDEG. They took note of the comments made by the Steering Committee for Equality between Women and Men (CDEG) on Parliamentary Assembly Recommendations 1738 (2006) – Mechanisms to ensure women’s participation in decision-making and 1739 (2006) – Gender Budgeting and agreed to bear them in mind when considering the draft replies to these recommendations.

    At their 953rd meeting on 18 January (item 4.3) the Deputies took note of the abridged report of the 33rd meeting of the CDEG (Strasbourg, 23-25 November), and of the appended comments made by the CDEG on Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1723 (2005) on forced marriages and child marriages, and agreed to bear them in mind when considering the draft reply to this recommendation.


    European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)

    At their 979th meeting on 8 November (Item 4.5) the Deputies took note of the name and curriculum vitae of the person designated by Ireland as member of ECRI for a term of office of five years, starting on 8 November 2006.

    At their 974th meeting on 27 September (Item 4.6) the Deputies took note of the name and curriculum vitae of the person designated by Andorra as member of ECRI for a term of office of five years, starting on 27 September 2006.

    At their 971st meeting on 12 July (Item 4.1), the Deputies took note of the name and curriculum vitae of the person designated by Luxembourg as member of ECRI for a term of office of five years, starting on 12 July 2006.

    At their 964th meeting on 10 May (Items 4.1a, b and c) the Deputies held an exchange of views with the Chair of ECRI. They took note of the abridged report of ECRI’s 39th meeting, taking note of ECRI’s annual report for 2005, and transmitted ECRI’s country-by-country reports on Cyprus, Denmark, Italy, Luxembourg and the Russian Federation to the governments in question.

    At their 956th meeting on 15 February (item 4.1) the Deputies took note of the abridged report of ECRI’s 38th meeting (Strasbourg, 13-15 December 2005). They transmitted ECRI’s country-by-country reports on Estonia, Lithuania, Romania and Spain to the governments in question.



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