1079th meeting – 10 March 2010

Appendix 2
(Item 1.6)

Decision No. CM/880/10032010

Initial ad hoc terms of reference for the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH) to consider the relevant parts of the Interlaken Declaration

1. Name of Committee: Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH)

2. Source: Committee of Ministers

3. Duration: These terms of reference shall expire on 31 December 2010 and
15 April 2012

4. Terms of reference:

Subject to more specific guidance which may be given by the Committee of Ministers at any time, consider all the relevant parts of the Interlaken Declaration.

In particular:

(a) to elaborate specific proposals for measures that result from the Interlaken Declaration and that do not require amendment of the European Convention of Human Rights, if necessary, additional to those it has already submitted to the Committee of Ministers;

This part of the terms of reference shall be executed through the presentation of a final report to the Committee of Ministers by 31 December 2010;

(b) to elaborate specific proposals for measures requiring amendment of the Convention, including proposals, with different options, for a filtering mechanism within the European Court of Human Rights and proposals for making it possible to simplify amendment of the Convention’s provisions on organisational issues;

This part of the terms of reference shall be executed through the presentation of a final report to the Committee of Ministers by 15 April 2012; an interim activity report shall be submitted by 15 April 2011;

(c) work on items (a) and (b) shall be pursued in parallel.

In the execution of these terms of reference, the CDDH may commission and conduct the necessary studies and consultations with other bodies, in particular the Court, as well as civil society representatives. It may assign appropriate tasks to its subordinate structures. The Court and its Registry may at all stages contribute to the execution of these terms of reference.

The CDDH shall keep itself informed of action being taken or envisaged by other actors involved in the implementation of the Interlaken Declaration and, if appropriate, may present its views thereon to the Committee of Ministers. In this context, it shall also take into account the first effects of the entry into force of the new procedures foreseen by Protocol No. 14.

The CDDH shall regularly report on progress of work and present its proposals to the Committee of Ministers as and when they are finalised. A first report shall be submitted before the end of June 2010. The Committee of Ministers shall provide the CDDH with the necessary guidance.


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