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Statutory Report 2012

4. Human Rights
Human Rights - in general
Replies to Recommendations
Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH)
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
Commissioner for Human Rights
Equality
Action against Trafficking in Human Beings
European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)

 

Human Rights - in general

At their 1158th meeting (12-13 December 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1158/4.5), the Deputies took note of document GT-REF.ECHR(2012)1 rev concerning the follow-up to be given to paragraph 35.b. of the Brighton Declaration.

At their 1152nd meeting (10 October 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1152/4.1), 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 the death penalty into de jure abolition of the death penalty and to ratify Protocol No. 6.  The Deputies took note of the information provided by the Russian Federation on measures taken to this effect.  They also took note of the information provided by Poland on measures taken regarding the signature and/or ratification of Protocol No. 13 and regretted that the other countries concerned had not yet responded to their invitation to provide further information on measures taken to this effect.

On the occasion of the sixth European Day against the Death Penalty, the Deputies adopted the declaration by the Committee of Ministers on the death penalty.   

At their 1147th meeting (4 and 6 July 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1147/H46-1), the Deputies noted that in response to the Sejdić and Finci judgment, the representatives of the executive authorities and the main political parties from Bosnia and Herzegovina reached an agreement on 27 June 2012 to amend the Constitution by 30 November 2012 and, to this end, to present draft constitutional amendments to the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina by 31 August 2012.  They encouraged the authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina to submit the draft constitutional amendments to the Council of Europe in good time before their submission to the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina for prior assessment of their compliance with the requirements of the Sejdić and Finci judgment.  The Deputies agreed to resume consideration of this issue at their 1150th meeting (24-26 September 2012) (DH).

At their 1141st meeting (2 May 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1141/4.3), 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 the death penalty into de jure abolition of the death penalty and to ratify Protocol No. 6. They took note of the information provided by the Russian Federation on measures taken to this effect.

The Deputies welcomed the recent ratification of Protocol No. 13 by Latvia and encouraged those States which have not yet signed or ratified Protocol No. 13 to do so rapidly. They took note of the explanations provided by Poland and the Russian Federation regarding the signature and/or ratification of Protocol No. 13 and regretted that the other countries concerned had not yet responded to their invitation to provide further information on measures taken to this effect.

At the same meeting, the Deputies adopted the Declaration of the Committee of Ministers on the death penalty.

At their 1137th meeting (14 March 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1137/H46-1), the Deputies recalled the obligation of Bosnia and Herzegovina to fully abide by the Court’s judgment in the case of Sejdić and Finci. They deeply regretted that the Joint Interim Commission, which was set up to present proposals for the constitutional and legislative amendments, had failed to make tangible progress in its work before the deadline of 12 March 2012. The Deputies strongly urged the authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina to take the necessary measures to execute this judgment without any further delay and agreed to come back to this matter at one of their forthcoming meetings.

At their 1131st meeting (18 January 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1131/4.2), the Deputies agreed upon the following agenda for the next exchange of views, to be held in Strasbourg on 16 February 2012 (10 a.m.-1 p.m.):
a.         General discussion on the developments and main results of the 66th 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 2011;
c.         Major themes for the Human Rights Council in 2012;
d.         Second cycle of the Universal Periodic Review: the Council of Europe contribution.

 

Replies to Recommendations

Parliamentary Assembly

At their 1158th meeting (12-13 December 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1158/4.4), the Deputies adopted the reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 2004 (2012) on "Human rights and foreign policy".

At their 1153rd meeting (24 October 2012), the Deputies adopted replies to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1996 (2012) on "Equality between women and men: a condition for the success of the Arab Spring" (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1153/4.2), Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1974 (2011) on "The interception and rescue at sea of asylum seekers, refugees and irregular migrants" (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1153/4.5), and Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1985 (2011) on "Undocumented migrant children in an irregular situation: a real cause for concern" (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1153/4.6).

At their 1146th meeting (20 June 2012), the Deputies adopted replies to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendations 1986 (2011) on “The Declaration of Principles on Equality and activities of the Council of Europe” (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1146/4.2); 1993 (2012) on “Protecting human rights and dignity by taking into account previously expressed wishes of patients (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1146/4.3); 1979 (2011) on “Prenatal sex education” (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1146/4.4) and 1983 (2011) on “Abuse of State secrecy and national security: obstacles to parliamentary and judicial scrutiny of human rights violations” (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1146/4.6).

At the same meeting, the Deputies also adopted the joint reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendations 1967 (2011) on “The large-scale arrival of irregular migrants, asylum seekers and refugees on Europe’s southern shores”, 1969 (2011) on “Unaccompanied children in Europe: issues of arrival, stay and return” and 1973 (2011) on “Asylum seekers and refugees: sharing responsibilities in Europe” (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1146/4.5). 

At their 1145th meeting (13 June 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1145/4.4), the Deputies adopted the reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1984 (2011) on “The protection of privacy and personal data on the Internet and online media”. 

At their 1134th meeting (15-16 February 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1134/4.6), the Deputies adopted the reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1968 (2011) on “Strengthening torture prevention mechanisms in Europe”.

At their 1134th meeting (15-16 February 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1134/4.3), the Deputies adopted the reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1977 (2011) on “More women in economic and social decision-making bodies”.

At their 1131st meeting (18 January 2012), the Deputies adopted replies to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendations 1933 (2010) on the “Fight against extremism: achievements, deficiencies and failures” (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1131/4.3) and 1956 (2011) on “Preventing harm to refugees and migrants in extradition and expulsion cases: Rule 39 indications by the European Court of Human Rights” (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1131/4.4). 

At their 1130th meeting (11 January 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1130/4.1), the Deputies adopted the reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1949 (2010) on “Promoting the most favourable gender equality laws in Europe”. 

 

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe

 

Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH)

At their 1151st meeting (18-19 September 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1151/4.1a), the Deputies took note of comments of the CDDH on Parliamentary Assembly recommendations (Appendix 2 to CM(2012)105).  In the light of this decision, they took note of the abridged report of the 75th meeting of the CDDH (CM(2012)105).

Also at their 1151st meeting (18-19 September 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1151/4.1b), the Deputies instructed the CDDH to elaborate a questionnaire on the implementation of Recommendation CM/Rec(2010)5 on measures to combat discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity and to transmit it to member States.  They also instructed the CDDH to submit to the Committee of Ministers the results of the examination of the implementation of Recommendation CM/Rec(2010)5 preferably by 31 March 2013.

At their 1147th meeting (4 and 6 July 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1147/4.2), the Deputies instructed the Secretariat, under the supervision of the CDDH, to elaborate a questionnaire on the implementation of Recommendation CM/Rec(2010)4 of the Committee of Ministers to member States on human rights of members of the armed forces and to transmit it to member States. Other relevant stakeholders may also be invited to provide comments.  The Deputies instructed the Secretariat to submit to the Committee of Ministers the results of the examination of the implementation of CM/Rec(2010)4 by 30 June 2013 at the latest.

At their 1145th meeting (13 June 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1145/4.5), the Deputies instructed the CDDH to pursue negotiations with the European Union, in an ad hoc group[1] 47+1, with a view to finalising the legal instruments setting out the modalities of accession of the European Union to the European Convention on Human Rights. In view of the urgency of the matter, these terms of reference shall be executed without delay.  They instructed the CDDH to report directly and regularly to them on the negotiations with the European Union.


 

[1] This wording shall not be understood as falling within the scope of Article 4 of Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

At their 1137th meeting (14 March 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1137/4.2), the Deputies took note of the Manual on Human Rights and the Environment (CM(2011)176 add5) and encouraged its dissemination among member States.

At their 1135th meeting (22 and 23 February 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1135/4.4), the Deputies took note of the CDDH’s current work on the reform of the Court, including the adoption by the CDDH of a final report on measures requiring amendment of the Convention (CM(2012)39 add1) and of a contribution (CM(2012)39 add2) to the high-level conference to be organised by the United Kingdom Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers (18-20 April 2012, Brighton). They agreed to take into account these documents in the context of the preparation of the declaration to be adopted at the high-level conference. The Deputies invited the GT REF.ECHR to examine the draft Committee of Ministers’ Guidelines on the selection of candidates for the post of judge at the European Court of Human Rights and their explanatory memorandum and to report back before the high-level conference.

Finally, the Deputies took note of the abridged report of the 74th meeting of the CDDH (CM(2012)39).

At their 1131st meeting (18 January 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1131/4.1a), the Deputies took note of the abridged report of the 73rd meeting of the CDDH (CM(2011)176).

 

European Convention on Human Rights/European Court of Human Rights

Court

At its 122nd Session (23 May 2012) (CM(2012)PVadd1 item2), the Committee of Ministers took note of the measures taken to date to implement the Interlaken and Izmir Declarations and invited all the parties concerned to comply with the deadlines set by these documents which have not yet expired.  The Committee welcomed the measures taken by the Court to increase its effectiveness and to deal with the clearly inadmissible applications pending before it, and encouraged the Court to make full use of the potential of Protocol No. 14, while observing that, notwithstanding the encouraging nature of the initial results obtained under Protocol No. 14, this instrument alone did not offer a sustainable and complete solution to the difficulties encountered by the Convention system.

The Committee of Ministers endorsed the declaration unanimously adopted on the occasion of the High-level Conference on the Future of the European Court of Human Rights, which took place in Brighton on 19 and 20 April 2012, and paid homage to the United Kingdom authorities for this initiative.  It expressed its determination to implement, as a priority, the Brighton Declaration and instructed its Deputies to manage this process.

The Committee of Ministers asked its Deputies to follow up paragraphs 9f(i), 9g, 20j, 25b (where the procedures for the election of judges were concerned), 29b, 29c and 35b of the Brighton Declaration, if need be through their responsible Rapporteur Groups, and, where paragraphs 29b and 29c were concerned, in co-operation with the CDDH. 

It instructed the CDDH to submit by 15 April 2013:
1.         a draft protocol amending the European Convention on Human Rights on the questions dealt with in paragraphs 12b, 15a, 15c, 25d and 25f of the Brighton Declaration;
2.         a draft optional protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights relating to advisory opinions, following up paragraph 12d of the Brighton Declaration;
3.         its conclusions and possible proposals for action in response to paragraphs 12e and 20d of the Brighton Declaration;

by 15 October 2013:
1.         a guide to good practice in respect of domestic remedies and a toolkit to inform public officials about the State’s obligations under the Convention, further to paragraph 9f (ii) and (iii) of the Brighton Declaration;
2.         its conclusions and possible proposals for action to follow up paragraphs 20c, 20e, 25b (where the re-examination of the functioning of the Advisory Panel of Experts on Candidates for Election as Judge to the Court was concerned) and 29d of the Brighton Declaration;

by 15 March 2015:
a report containing its opinions and possible proposals in response to paragraphs 35c to 35f of the Brighton Declaration.

The Committee of Ministers invited member States to take the measures which the Brighton Declaration requires of them and to report to it by 15 March 2014.  It invited the Secretary General to create a special account and to define its specific aim and methods in order to help the Court to deal with its backlog of cases.  The Committee of Ministers then invited the Court and the Secretary General to implement the part of the Brighton Declaration which concerns them directly and to co-operate when this is relevant and to inform the Committee of Ministers of the progress made in this respect by 15 October 2013.  It instructed its Deputies to report to it at the next Session on the measures taken.

 

Committee of Experts on the Reform of the Court (DH-GDR)

 

Election of judges

At their 1138th meeting (28 March 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1138/4.4), the Deputies adopted the Guidelines of the Committee of Ministers on the selection of candidates for the post of judge at the European Court of Human Rights (CM(2012)40 final) and took note of the Explanatory Memorandum (CM(2012)40 addfinal).

 

Supervising the execution of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights and other activities relating to the control of execution of the judgments of the Court

Please see the Committee of Ministers Annual Report and information regularly made available on the Committee of Ministers’ website (Human Rights (DH) meetings). Also see the Council of Europe's website dedicated to the execution of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights: http://www.coe.int/t/dghl/monitoring/execution/default_EN.asp

European Social Charter

At their 1152nd meeting (10 October 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1152/4.3), the Deputies adopted Resolution CM/ResChS(2012)4.

At their 1151st meeting (18-19 September 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1151/4.5), the Deputies took note of the discussions by the GR-SOC regarding the follow-up to the debate on the European Social Charter and its monitoring mechanism.  They invited the Governmental Committee, in consultation with the European Committee of Social Rights, and on the basis of the discussions within the GR-SOC and proposals by delegations (GR‑SOC(2012)CB3 and GR-SOC(2012)CB4), to reflect upon ways of streamlining and improving the reporting system of the European Social Charter as a whole, also considering the situation of States which have accepted the collective complaints’ mechanism, and of enhancing the functioning of and dialogue between the two committees, and to report back to the GR-SOC, with proposals as appropriate, for examination by the Group at a forthcoming meeting.  The Deputies agreed to pursue an active role with regard to the activities of the European Social Charter and its monitoring mechanism, in particular through their relevant Rapporteur Group, when proceeding with substantive discussions on the reports of the Governmental Committee and on the draft resolutions and recommendations.

At their 1142nd meeting (9 May 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1142/6.1), the Deputies adopted the procedure for filling the five seats on the European Committee of Social Rights falling vacant on 31 December 2012, the terms for these seats beginning on 1 January 2013 and ending on 31 December 2018.

At their 1139th meeting (4 April 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1139/4.3), in conformity with Article 9 of the Additional Protocol to the European Social Charter providing for a system of collective complaints, the Deputies, 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 CM/ResChS(2012)3.

At their 1134th meeting (15-16 February 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1134/4.2a), 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 Ministers’ Deputies (June 1995, item 4.6), and in their composition restricted to the representatives of the Contracting Parties to the European Social Charter or to 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 XIX 3 (2010) (CM(2012)11), adopted Resolution CM/ResChS(2012)1 on the application of the European Social Charter (Conclusions XIX 3 (2010), provisions related to “Labour rights”).

Also at their 1134th meeting (15-16 February 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1134/4.2b), 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 Ministers’ Deputies (June 1995, item 4.6), and in their composition restricted to the representatives of the Contracting Parties to the European Social Charter or to the Revised Charter in the Committee of Ministers, on the basis of the abridged report of the Governmental Committee concerning Conclusions 2010 of the European Social Charter (revised) (CM(2012)12), adopted Resolution CM/ResChS(2012)2 on the application of the European Social Charter (revised) (Conclusions 2010, provisions related to “Labour rights”).

 

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

At their 1158th meeting (12-13 December 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1158/4.2), the Deputies declared Ms Ivona Todorovska (in respect of "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia") elected as member of the CPT, with effect from 12 December 2012, for a term of office which will expire on 19 December 2015, and adopted accordingly Resolution CM/ResCPT(2012)2.

At their 1156th meeting (28 November 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1156/4.1b), the Deputies took note of the 22nd general report on the activities of the CPT for the period 1 August 2011 to 31 July 2012 (CM(2012)149).

At their 1139th meeting (4 April 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1139/4.1), the Deputies declared Ms Ilvija PŪCE (in respect of Latvia) re-elected as member of the CPT, with effect from 4 April 2012, for a term of office which will expire on 19 December 2015 and Ms Olivera VULIĆ (in respect of Montenegro) re-elected as member of the CPT, with effect from 4 April 2012, for a term of office which will expire on 19 December 2015.  They adopted accordingly Resolution CM/ResCPT(2012)1.

 

 

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

Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

At their 1158th meeting (12-13 December 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1158/4.3a), the Deputies adopted Resolution CM/ResCMN(2012)21 on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by the Czech Republic. 

Also at their 1158th meeting (12-13 December 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1158/4.3b), the Deputies adopted Resolution CM/ResCMN(2012)22 on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by the United Kingdom.

At their 1156th meeting (28 November 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1156/4.2a), the Deputies declared Ms Barbara Wilson, in respect of Switzerland, elected to the list of experts eligible to serve on the Advisory Committee.  They consequently adopted Resolution CM/ResCMN(2012)18.

At their 1156th meeting (28 November 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1156/4.2b), the Deputies adopted Resolution CM/ResCMN(2012)19 on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Lithuania.

At their 1156th meeting (28 November 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1156/4.2c), the Deputies adopted Resolution CM/ResCMN(2012)20 on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Poland.

At their 1153rd meeting (24 October 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1153/4.3a), the Deputies declared Ms Marieke SANDERS, in respect of the Netherlands, elected to the list of experts eligible to serve on the Advisory Committee and consequently adopted Resolution CM/ResCMN(2012)16.

Also at their 1153rd meeting (24 October 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1153/4.3b), the Deputies declared Ms Carmen SANTIAGO REYES, in respect of Spain, elected to the list of experts eligible to serve on the Advisory Committee and consequently adopted Resolution CM/ResCMN(2012)17. 

At their 1152nd meeting (10 October 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1152/4.2a), the Deputies declared Mr Péter KOVÁCS, in respect of Hungary, elected to the list of experts eligible to serve on the Advisory Committee and consequently adopted Resolution CM/ResCMN(2012)14.

At their 1152nd meeting (10 October 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1152/4.2b), the Deputies declared Mr Oleksandr ZADOROZHNIY, in respect of Ukraine, elected to the list of experts eligible to serve on the Advisory Committee and consequently adopted Resolution CM/ResCMN(2012)15.

At their 1149th meeting (12 September 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1149/4.1b), the Deputies took note of Thematic Commentary No. 3 – The language rights of persons belonging to national minorities under the Framework Convention – of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (CM(2012)99 add).  They took note of the 8th activity report of the Advisory Committee, covering the period from 1 June 2010 to 31 May 2012 (CM(2012)99).

At their 1147th meeting (4 and 6 July 2012), the Deputies adopted Resolution CM/ResCMN(2012)10 on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Italy (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1147/4.1a), Resolution CM/ResCMN(2012)11 on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Norway (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1147/4.1b), Resolution CM/ResCMN(2012)12 on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Slovenia (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1147/4.1c) et Resolution CM/ResCMN(2012)13 on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1147/4.1d).

At their 1145th meeting (13 June 2012), the Deputies adopted Resolution CM/ResCMN(2012)7 on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Austria (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1145/4.7a), Resolution CM/ResCMN(2012)8 on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Denmark (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1145/4.7b) and Resolution CM/ResCMN(2012)9 on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Estonia (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1145/4.7c).

At their 1143rd meeting (16 May 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1143/4.2), the Deputies appointed nine experts as ordinary members of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for a four-year term commencing on 1 June 2012 and expiring on 31 May 2016.

At their 1140th meeting (11 and 12 April 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1140/4.2), the Deputies declared Ms Ivana JELIĆ, in respect of Montenegro, elected to the list of experts eligible to serve on the Advisory Committee and consequently adopted Resolution CM/ResCMN(2012)6.

At their 1135th meeting (22 and 23 February 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1135/4.3), the Deputies declared Mr José Manuel Fresno García, in respect of Spain, elected to the list of experts eligible to serve on the Advisory Committee and consequently adopted Resolution CM/ResCMN(2012)5.

At their 1134th meeting (15-16 February 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1134/4.5), the Deputies declared Mr Reinis Āboltiņš, in respect of Latvia, elected to the list of experts eligible to serve on the Advisory Committee and consequently adopted Resolution CM/ResCMN(2012)4.

At their 1132nd meeting (1 February 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1132/4.3a), the Deputies adopted Resolution CM/ResCMN(2012)1 on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Armenia.

At their 1132nd meeting (1 February 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1132/4.3b), the Deputies adopted Resolution CM/ResCMN(2012)2 on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Bulgaria.

At their 1132nd meeting (1 February 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1132/4.3c), the Deputies adopted Resolution CM/ResCMN(2012)3 on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Finland.

 

Commissioner for Human Rights

 

Equality

At their 1135th meeting (22 and 23 February 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1135/4.1), the Deputies took note of the abridged report of the 47th meeting of the CDEG (CM(2012)16) and thanked the CDEG for its invaluable contribution over the years.

Gender Equality Commission (GEC)

 

Action against Trafficking in Human Beings

At their 1154th meeting (14 November 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1154/4.1b), the Deputies took note of the second general activity report of the GRETA (GRETA(2012)13).

 

European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)

At their 1156th meeting (28 November 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1156/4.3), the Deputies took note of the names and curricula vitae of the persons appointed by Albania, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Georgia, Germany, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia and "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" to serve as members of ECRI in respect of these countries, and those of the persons appointed to serve as deputies to the ECRI members in respect of Cyprus and Georgia, for a term of office of five years starting on 1 January 2013 (DGII(2012)05, DGII(2012)05 add and DGII(2012)05 add2).

At their 1154th meeting (14 November 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1154/4.2), the Deputies agreed to bring the comments made during the present meeting to the attention of ECRI.  They took note of the information provided concerning ECRI's fifth monitoring cycle (CM(2012)139) and, in particular, that the procedure for the transmission of the reports of the fifth cycle of ECRI's country-by-country work would remain the same as for the fourth cycle.

At their 1153rd meeting (24 October 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1153/4.4), the Deputies took note of the names and curricula vitae of the persons appointed by:
- Serbia to serve as member and deputy to the ECRI member in respect of that country for a term of office of five years, starting on 7 November 2012 (DGII(2012)04);
- Armenia, Belgium, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovak Republic, Spain and Turkey to serve as members of ECRI in respect of these countries, and those appointed to serve as deputies to ECRI members in respect of Finland, Slovak Republic and Spain, for a term of office of five years, starting on 1 January 2013 (DGII(2012)04 and DGII(2012)04 add).

 At their 1151st meeting (18-19 September 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1151/4.2), the Deputies transmitted to the governments concerned ECRI’s country-by-country reports on Croatia and Sweden.  They also transmitted to the government concerned ECRI’s conclusions on the implementation of the recommendations subject to interim follow-up it had addressed to Greece.  The Deputies took note of ECRI General Policy Recommendation No. 14 on combating racism and racial discrimination in employment (CM(2012)107 add4) and took note of the abridged report of ECRI’s 58th meeting as a whole (CM(2012)107).

At their 1145th meeting (13 June 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1145/4.1), the Deputies took note of the name and curriculum vitae of the person appointed by Latvia to serve as member of ECRI for a term of office of five years, starting on 13 June 2012 (DGII(2012)03).

At their 1143rd meeting (16 May 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1143/4.1), the Deputies transmitted to the governments concerned ECRI’s country-by-country reports on Andorra and Denmark.  They also transmitted to the governments concerned ECRI’s conclusions on the implementation of the recommendations subject to interim follow-up addressed to Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia and Switzerland.

 At the same meeting, the Deputies took note of the abridged report of ECRI’s 57th meeting (CM(2012)67).

At their 1141st meeting (2 May 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1141/4.1b), the Deputies took note of the annual report on the activities in 2011 of the ECRI adopted at its 57th plenary meeting (Strasbourg, 21-23 March 2012) (CM(2012)64).

At their 1138th meeting (28 March 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1138/4.1), the Deputies took note of the name and curriculum vitae of the person appointed by Poland to serve as member of ECRI for a term of office of five years, starting on 3 May 2012 (DGII(2012)01).

At their 1134th meeting (15-16 February 2012) (CM/Del/Dec(2012)1134/4.4), the Deputies transmitted to the governments concerned ECRI’s country-by-country reports on Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Montenegro and Ukraine and also transmitted to the governments concerned ECRI’s conclusions on the implementation of the recommendations subject to interim follow-up it had addressed to Bulgaria, Hungary and Norway.

Finally, the Deputies took note of the abridged report of ECRI’s 56th meeting as a whole (CM(2012)2).

 



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