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Communication on the activities of the Committee of Ministers

Statutory Report 2013


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 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 1187bis meeting (18 December 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1187bis/4.1), the Deputies agreed upon the following agenda for the next exchange of views, to be held in Strasbourg on 20 February 2014 (10 a.m. - 1 p.m.):

a. General discussion on the developments and main results of the 68th 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 2013;

c. Major themes for the Human Rights Council in 2014;

d. Thematic discussion on UN activities on social and economic rights, having particular regard to the impact of the economic crisis and of austerity measures on their enjoyment.

At their 1187th meeting (11-12 December 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1187/4.4), the Deputies took note, in the light of the discussions held during the present meeting, of the information submitted by France on the measures taken in order to bring the situation described in the complaint into conformity with the Charter, thus concluding their examination of this complaint. They agreed to transmit this information to the European Committee of Social Rights with a view to assessment in the context of the reporting procedure.

At their 1187th meeting (11-12 December 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1187/4.1), the Deputies adopted Resolution CM/ResChS(2013)18.

At their 1185th (Budget) meeting (19-20 November 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1185/4.1), the Deputies took note of the Secretary General’s report on follow-up to paragraph 9g of the Brighton Declaration (document SG/Inf(2012)34 rev) and looked forward to being informed of further progress in the implementation of the measures and procedures mentioned therein, as well as of their evaluation, in due course, by the internal evaluation mechanisms. They decided to extend the term of office of the following members of the Advisory Panel of Experts on Candidates for Election as Judge to the European Court of Human Rights up to 30 June 2014:

Ms Katarzyna GONERA (Poland); Ms Renate JAEGER (Germany); Mr John L. MURRAY (Ireland); Mr Matti PELLONPÄÄ (Finland); Mr Sami SELÇUK (Turkey).

At their 1183rd meeting (6 November 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1183/4.3), the Deputies took note of the information provided by the delegations which will be circulated in a separate document.

At their 1181st meeting (16 October 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1181/4.3), 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 took note of the information provided by Armenia and 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.

At the same meeting, on the occasion of the seventh European Day against the Death Penalty, the Deputies reaffirmed their absolute engagement in favour of the abolition of the death penalty in Europe and worldwide. In light of the fact that the main objective, in the context of the Council of Europe, is that Europe become a de jure death penalty-free zone, the Deputies decided that future exchanges of views will include all European countries and accordingly will be entitled “Abolition of the death penalty in Europe”. They asked the Secretariat to prepare, in contact with Belarus, an information document containing factual information on the death penalty in Belarus, as well as trends in government and in public opinion concerning this issue.

Finally, the Deputies agreed to resume consideration of this issue at one of their forthcoming meetings, but no later than April 2014, in the light of additional information to be provided, by mid-March 2014, on Protocol No. 6 by the Russian Federation, on Protocol No. 13 by those countries which have not yet signed or ratified this Protocol and taking in consideration the document prepared by the Secretariat on the situation in Belarus.

At their 1181st meeting (16 October 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1181/4.2a), the Deputies adopted Resolution CM/ResChS(2013)15.

At their 1181st meeting (16 October 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1181/4.2b), the Deputies adopted Resolution CM/ResChS(2013)16.

At their 1181st meeting (16 October 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1181/4.2c), the Deputies adopted Resolution CM/ResChS(2013)17.

At their 1176th meeting (10 July 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1176/4.4), the Deputies took note of the Parliamentary Assembly’s opinion on draft Protocol No. 16 to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (Opinion 285 (2013)), as well as of the opinion of the European Court of Human Rights (DD(2013)534 rev). The Deputies adopted Protocol No. 16 to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and agreed to open it for signature in Strasbourg on 2 October 2013. They then took note of its Explanatory Report (CM(2013)31 add).

At their 1169th meeting (30 April 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1169/4.1a), the Deputies took note of the Parliamentary Assembly’s opinion on draft Protocol No. 15 amending the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (Opinion 283 (2013)), as well as of the opinion of the European Court of Human Rights (DD(2013)116).

The Deputies then approved the text of draft Protocol No. 15 amending the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (CM(2012)166 rev), and agreed to transmit it to the 123rd Session of the Committee of Ministers (Strasbourg, 16 May 2013) for adoption and for decision about the date and place of its opening for signature. They also took note of the Explanatory Report to the Protocol (CM(2012)166 add) and agreed to transmit it to the 123rd Session of the Committee of Ministers for the Ministers to take note of.

Also at their 1169th meeting (30 April 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1169/4.1bc), the Deputies took note of the CDDH report on interim measures under Rule 39 of the Rules of the Court (CM(2013)32) and generally supported its conclusions. They took note in particular of the fact that a high number of interim measures are related to expulsions to other Council of Europe member States, and reminded all member States of their obligations under the Convention. The Deputies recalled that the Court’s case law has clearly established that Article 34 of the Convention entails an obligation for States Parties to comply with an indication of interim measures made under Rule 39 of the Rules of Court and that non-compliance may imply a violation of Article 34 of the Convention. As regards interim measures, the Deputies invited the Court and member States to consider the various proposals addressed to them in the CDDH report, and to inform the Committee of Ministers of their response to these by 15 March 2014. Finally, the Deputies endorsed the CDDH’s conclusion as to the inadvisability to introduce a “representative application procedure” (CM(2013)33) and its recommendation that, in the current circumstances, no further action be taken at intergovernmental level.

At their 1168th meeting (10 April 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/4.3), the Deputies agreed to transmit to the Parliamentary Assembly:

- the text of draft Protocol No. 16 to the European Convention on Human Rights, for opinion (CM(2013)31),

- the draft explanatory report thereto, for information (CM(2013)31 add).

They agreed also to transmit the above-mentioned documents to the European Court of Human Rights for an opinion on the draft Protocol and noted that the Secretariat will transmit the opinion of the Court to the Parliamentary Assembly for examination before the adoption of the Assembly’s own opinion.

At their 1168th meeting (10 April 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/4.1), 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. They took note of the information provided by the Russian Federation on measures taken to this effect.

At the same time, the Deputies took note of the information provided by Poland on measures taken regarding 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 regarding signature and/or ratification of this Protocol.

The Deputies welcomed the adoption by the United Nations General Assembly on 20 December 2012 of the fourth resolution on a moratorium on the use of the death penalty and agreed to resume consideration of this issue at one of their forthcoming meetings, but no later than October 2013, in the light of additional information to be provided on Protocol No. 6 by the Russian Federation and on Protocol No. 13 by those countries which have not yet signed or ratified this Protocol, by mid-September 2013.

At their 1159th meeting (16 January 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1159/4.5), the Deputies endorsed the following measures for improving the supervision of execution of the judgments and decisions of the European Court of Human Rights:
- making public the list of cases proposed for examination in the draft Order of Business of its human rights (DH) meetings, but without the notes, points to be debated and/or draft decisions (information should be limited to already public information, i.e. case description and status of execution, as the case may be with references to other public documents);
- more visible presentation of positive results achieved in the execution of the judgments and decisions.
They instructed the Secretariat to take the necessary measures to allow, to the extent possible, for the implementation of these measures already at their 1164th (DH) meeting on 5 to 7 March 2013 and agreed to come back to the question of further measures for improving the supervision of execution of judgments and decisions of the Court and refining their procedures on the basis of further proposals to be made by the GT-REF.ECHR.

At their 1159th meeting (16 January 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1159/4.2), the Deputies agreed upon the following agenda for the next exchange of views, to be held in Strasbourg on 14 February 2013 (10 a.m. – 1 p.m.):

    a. General discussion on the developments and main results of the 67th 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 2012;

    c. Major themes for the Human Rights Council in 2013;

    d. Universal periodic review;

    e. Thematic discussion on UN activities on trafficking and violence against women;

    f. Possible ways of improving the effectiveness and added value of the exchanges of views

    with experts from capitals on UN human rights issues.

Replies to Recommendations

Parliamentary Assembly

At their 1187th meeting (11-12 December 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1187/4.5), the Deputies adopted the reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 2016 (2013) on “Frontex: human rights responsibilities”.

At their 1178th meeting (17-18 September 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1178/4.3), the Deputies adopted the reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 2012 (2013) on “Reinforcing the selection processes for experts of key Council of Europe human rights monitoring mechanisms”.

At their 1176th meeting (10 July 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1176/4.1), the Deputies adopted the reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 2011 (2013) on “Trafficking of migrant workers for forced labour”.

At their 1168th meeting (10 April 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/4.4), the Deputies adopted the reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 2007 (2013) on “Ensuring the viability of the Strasbourg Court: structural deficiencies in States Parties”.

At their 1159th meeting (16 January 2013), the Deputies adopted replies to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendations 1995 (2012) on “The International Convention for the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearance” (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1159/4.1) and 1994 (2012) on “An Additional Protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights on national minorities” (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1159/4.4).

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe

At their 1165th meeting (13 March 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1165/4.2), the Deputies adopted the reply to Congress Recommendation 309 (2011) on “The office of the Ombudsman and local and regional authorities”.

Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH)

At their 1178th meeting (17-18 September 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1178/4.2abc), the Deputies took note of the CDDH study on the feasibility and added value of standard-setting or other work in the field of human rights in culturally diverse societies (CM(2013)93 add2), and agreed to consider its follow-up in the context of the adoption of the terms of reference for the CDDH for the 2014-2015 biennium. The Deputies encouraged the organisation, upon request from member States, of assistance and capacity-building activities to facilitate the implementation by them of relevant instruments and recommendations in the field of human rights in culturally diverse societies. They took note of the CDDH study on possible future priority areas for development and promotion of human rights in the Council of Europe (CM(2013)93 add3) and instructed the CDDH to study, by 31 December 2014, the feasibility of new activities, as well as of the revision of existing instruments, on the impact of the economic crisis on human rights in Europe, and to formulate on this basis specific proposals.

Finally the Deputies took note of the abridged report of the 78th meeting of the CDDH (CM(2013)93 and CM(2013)93 corr).

Also at their 1178th meeting (17-18 September 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1178/4.2def), the Deputies adopted the Toolkit to inform public officials about the State’s obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights and invited member States to ensure its translation, where necessary, as well as its effective dissemination, in accordance with its paragraphs 2-4, especially to officials working in the justice system and those responsible for law enforcement or for the deprivation of a person’s liberty.

The Deputies also adopted the Guide to good practice in respect of domestic remedies and invited member States to ensure its translation, where necessary, as well as its effective dissemination, in accordance with its paragraph 9.

The Deputies then took note of the CDDH report containing conclusions and possible proposals for action on ways to resolve the large numbers of applications arising from systemic issues identified by the Court (CM(2013)93 add6) and, as regards the proposals appearing in paragraphs 46-49 of the report, invited the Court and member States to consider the various proposals addressed to them, invited the Court and member States to inform the Committee of Ministers of their response to these by 15 October 2014, and decided thereafter to consider whether further action is required on this subject by the end of October 2015.

At their 1177th meeting (11 September 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1177/4.2), the Deputies took note of the interim report of the CDDH on the negotiations on the accession of the European Union to the European Convention on Human Rights (CM(2013)93 add1).

At their 1173rd meeting (11-12 June 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1173/4.1a), the Deputies took note of the abridged report of the 77th meeting of the CDDH (CM(2013)36).

At their 1160th meeting (30 January 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1160/4.1), the Deputies took note of the CDDH feasibility study on corporate social responsibility in the field of human rights (CM(2012)164 add), and, in this respect:

- without prejudice to their future decisions about the Council of Europe Programme and Budget for the biennium 2014/2015, instructed the CDDH:

    · to elaborate a declaration of the Committee of Ministers supporting the UN Guiding Principles and to submit it to the Committee of Ministers by 30 June 2014;

    · to elaborate – in co-operation with the private sector and civil society – a non-binding instrument, which may include a guide of good practice, addressing gaps in the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles at the European level, including with respect to access to justice for victims of corporate human rights abuses, and to submit it to the Committee of Ministers by 31 December 2015;

- recommended that corporate social responsibility issues are taken into consideration in the Council of Europe activities concerning in particular children’s rights, Internet governance and social rights;

- recommended that such activities are carried out in close co-operation with the European Union, the United Nations, as well as with other international organisations and other bodies specialised in the field of corporate social responsibility and human rights.

They then took note of the abridged report of the 76th meeting of the CDDH (CM(2012)164).

At their 1159th meeting (16 January 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1159/4.3), the Deputies agreed to transmit to the Parliamentary Assembly:

- the text of draft Protocol No. 15 to the European Convention on Human Rights, as adopted by the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH), for opinion (CM(2012)166);

- the draft explanatory report thereto, for information (CM(2012)166 add).

The Deputies agreed also to transmit these documents to the European Court of Human Rights for an opinion on the draft Protocol and noted that the Secretariat will transmit the opinion of the Court to the Parliamentary Assembly for examination before the adoption of the Assembly’s own opinion.

The Deputies took note of the CDDH report containing elements to contribute to the evaluation of the effects of Protocol No. 14 and the implementation of the Interlaken and Izmir Declarations on the Court’s situation (CM(2012)168) and invited the CDDH to continue following up this question with a view to reporting again by 15 March 2015.

The Deputies also took note with appreciation of the CDDH report on measures taken by the member States to implement relevant parts of the Interlaken and Izmir Declarations (CM(2012)167) and endorsed the recommendations contained therein and invited member States to consider acting on those addressed to them. They invited the CDDH to take account of the report and the recommendations contained therein, as it deems appropriate, in preparing its proposals for work regarding possible follow-up in the 2014-2015 biennium, bearing in mind its existing mandates. The Deputies agreed to take account of the recommendations for the attention of the Committee of Ministers when determining the Council of Europe Programme and Budget for the biennium 2014 2015.

Finally, the Deputies agreed to extend to the end of 2013 the deadline fixed for the finalisation of the work of the CDDH concerning paragraphs 9.f)ii), 9.f)iii), 20.c), 20.e), 25.b) and 29.d) of the Brighton Declaration.

European Convention on Human Rights/European Court of Human Rights

Court

Election of judges

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

At their 1187bis meeting (18 December 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1187bis/H46-1), the Deputies adopted the final Resolutions CM/ResDH(2013)264 to 267.

At their 1187th meeting (11-12 December 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1187/H46-1), the Deputies adopted the final Resolutions CM/ResDH(2013)260 to 263.

At their 1185th (Budget) meeting (19-20 November 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1185/H46-1), the Deputies adopted the final Resolutions CM/ResDH(2013)224 to 237.

At their 1183rd meeting (6 November 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1183/H46-1), the Deputies adopted the final Resolutions CM/ResDH(2013)218 to 223.

At their 1182nd meeting (24 October 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1182/H46-1), the Deputies adopted the final Resolutions CM/ResDH(2013)214 to 217.

At their 1181st meeting (16 October 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1181/H46-1), the Deputies adopted the final Resolutions CM/ResDH(2013)206 to 213.

At their 1180th meeting (9 October 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1180/H46-1), the Deputies adopted the final Resolutions CM/ResDH(2013)202 to 205.

At their 1178th meeting (17-18 September 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1178/H46-1), the Deputies adopted the Final Resolutions CM/ResDH(2013)176 to 182.

At their 1177th meeting (11 September 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1177/H46-1), the Deputies adopted the Final Resolutions CM/ResDH(2013)150 to 175.

At their 1176th meeting (10 July 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1176/H46-2), the Deputies, recalling the decisions adopted at their 1164th meeting (5-7 March 2013) (DH) and 1172nd meeting (4-6 June 2013) (DH) in the Garabayev group of cases against the Russian Federation, noted, with grave concern, that a further incident involving allegations of kidnapping and illegal transfer of an applicant protected by an interim measure indicated by the Court under Rule 39 has been reported, this time in the context of the Mamazhonov case. They strongly insisted that light be shed on this incident and on the fate of the applicant as quickly as possible. The Deputies consequently insisted again on the pressing need to adopt as of now measures to ensure an immediate and effective protection of the applicants in a similar situation against kidnappings and irregular removals from the national territory. They recalled, in this context, the letter sent by the Chairman of the Committee of Ministers to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

    The Deputies agreed that a draft interim resolution will be considered in the light of progress that would have been made, including the updated action plan submitted by the Russian authorities; this text will be circulated in the draft revised order of business of their 1179th meeting (24-26 September 2013) (DH).

At their 1176th meeting (10 July 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1176/H46-1), the Deputies adopted the final Resolutions CM/ResDH(2013)137 to 149.

At their 1175th meeting (3 July 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1175/H46-1), the Deputies adopted the final Resolutions CM/ResDH(2013)130 to 136.

At their 1174th meeting (19 June 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1174/H46-1), the Deputies adopted the final Resolutions CM/ResDH(2013)119 to 128.

At their 1173rd meeting (11-12 June 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1173/H46-1), the Deputies adopted the final Resolutions CM/ResDH(2013)116 to 118.

At their 1171st meeting (29 May 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1171/H46-1), the Deputies adopted the final Resolutions CM/ResDH(2013)89 to 96.

At their 1170th meeting (7 May 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1170/H46-1), the Deputies adopted the final Resolutions CM/ResDH(2013)77 to 88.

At their 1170th meeting (7 May 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1170/H46-2), the Deputies recalled that, from the beginning of its examination of this case, the Committee of Ministers considered that the execution of this judgment would require a number of amendments to the Constitution of Bosnia and Herzegovina and to its electoral legislation. They recalled further that, since the judgment in the case of Sejdic and Finci became final, the Committee of Ministers has repeatedly invited the authorities and political leaders of Bosnia and Herzegovina to reach a consensus to amend the Constitution of Bosnia and Herzegovina and its electoral legislation. The Deputies reminded in this context the authorities and political leaders of Bosnia and Herzegovina that, on becoming a member of the Council of Europe in 2002, Bosnia and Herzegovina undertook to “review within one year, with the assistance of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission), the electoral legislation in the light of the Council of Europe standards, and to revise it where necessary”. They expressed serious concern that, despite the above-mentioned commitment and the repeated calls of the Committee of Ministers, most notably in its interim resolutions of 2 December 2011 and 6 December 2012, the political leaders have continuously failed in reaching a consensus on the amendments to the Constitution and to the electoral legislation.

Bearing in mind that on 8 April 2013, for the second time in a joint statement on the issue, Commissioner Štefan Füle and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland deeply regretted the lack of progress in reaching an agreement on the implementation of the judgment, the Deputies firmly recalled once again the obligation of Bosnia and Herzegovina under Article 46, paragraph 1, of the Convention to abide by the judgment of the Court in the case of Sejdić and Finci. The Deputies stressed that failure to reach a consensus and to amend the necessary legislation would not only amount to a manifest breach of obligations under Article 46, paragraph 1, of the Convention but would also seriously undermine the legitimacy and the credibility of the country’s future elected bodies. They therefore strongly urged the authorities and political leaders of Bosnia and Herzegovina to reach a consensus and to amend the Constitution and the electoral legislation to bring them in conformity with the Convention requirements with no further delay.

At their 1170th meeting (7 May 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1170/4.1), the Deputies agreed to declassify GT-REF.ECHR(2013)2 rev2 on measures to improve the supervision of the execution of the judgments and decisions of the Court.

At their 1169th meeting (30 April 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1169/H46-1), the Deputies adopted the final Resolutions CM/ResDH(2013)57 to 76.

At their 1166th meeting (27 March 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1166/H46), the Deputies adopted the final Resolution CM/ResDH(2013)56.

At their 1165th meeting (13 March 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1165/H46-1), the Deputies adopted the final Resolutions CM/ResDH(2013)53 to 55.

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/default.htm or the CPT database: http://www.cpt.coe.int/en/database.htm

At their 1187th meeting (11-12 December 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1187/4.2c), the Deputies declared Mr Xavier Ronsin (in respect of France) re-elected as member of the CPT, with effect from 20 December 2013, for a term of office which will expire on 19 December 2017; Mr Régis Bergonzi (in respect of Monaco)re-elected as member of the CPT, with effect from 20 December 2013, for a term of office which will expire on 19 December 2017; Mr Antonius Maria van Kalmthout (in respect of the Netherlands) re-elected as member of the CPT, with effect from 20 December 2013, for a term of office which will expire on 19 December 2017; and Mr Goran Klemenčič (in respect of Slovenia) elected as member of the CPT, with effect from 20 December 2013, for a term of office which will expire on 19 December 2017. The Deputies consequently adopted Resolution CM/ResCPT(2013)4.

At their 1187th meeting (11-12 December 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1187/4.2b), the Deputies took note of the 23rd general activity report of the CPT for the period from 1 August 2012 to 31 July 2013 (CM(2013)151).

At their 1180th meeting (9 October 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1180/4.1), the Deputies declared:

Ms Julia KOZMA (in respect of Austria) re-elected as member of the CPT, with effect from 20 December 2013, for a term of office which will expire on 19 December 2017; Mr Victor ZAHARIA (in respect of the Republic of Moldova) elected as member of the CPT, with effect from 20 December 2013, for a term of office which will expire on 19 December 2017; Mr Georg HØYER (in respect of Norway) re-elected as member of the CPT, with effect from 20 December 2013, for a term of office which will expire on 19 December 2017; Mr Mykola GNATOVSKYY (in respect of Ukraine) re-elected as member of the CPT, with effect from 20 December 2013, for a term of office which will expire on 19 December 2017.

The Deputies adopted accordingly Resolution CM/ResCPT(2013)3.

At their 1173rd meeting (11-12 June 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1173/4.4), the Deputies declared:

Mr Alexander Minchev (in respect of Bulgaria) elected as member of the CPT, with effect from 20 December 2013, for a term of office which will expire on 19 December 2017;

Mr Davor Strinović (in respect of Croatia) elected as member of the CPT, with effect from 20 December 2013, for a term of office which will expire on 19 December 2017;

Ms Marika Väli (in respect of Estonia) re-elected as member of the CPT, with effect from 20 December 2013, for a term of office which will expire on 19 December 2017;

Mr Wolfgang S. Heinz (in respect of Germany) re-elected as member of the CPT, with effect from 20 December 2013, for a term of office which will expire on 19 December 2017;

Ms Anna Molnár (in respect of Hungary) re-elected as member of the CPT, with effect from 20 December 2013, for a term of office which will expire on 19 December 2017;

Mr Nico Hirsch (in respect of Luxembourg) elected as member of the CPT, with effect from 20 December 2013, for a term of office which will expire on 19 December 2017;

Mr Djordje Alempijević (in respect of Serbia) re-elected as member of the CPT, with effect from 20 December 2013, for a term of office which will expire on 19 December 2017;

Ms Maria José García-Galán San Miguel (in respect of Spain) elected as member of the CPT, with effect from 12 June 2013, for a term of office which will expire on 19 December 2017;

Mr Stefan Krakowski (in respect of Sweden) re-elected as member of the CPT, with effect from 20 December 2013, for a term of office which will expire on 19 December 2017;

Mr Hans Wolff (in respect of Switzerland) elected as member of the CPT, with effect from 20 December 2013, for a term of office which will expire on 19 December 2017.

They adopted accordingly Resolution CM/ResCPT(2013)2.

At their 1165th meeting (13 March 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1165/4.1), the Deputies declared Mr George Tugushi (in respect of Georgia) re-elected as member of the CPT, with effect from 20 December 2013, for a term of office which will expire on 19 December 2017, and adopted accordingly Resolution CM/ResCPT(2013)1.

Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

At their 1187bis meeting (18 December 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1187bis/4.2a), the Deputies adopted Resolution CM/ResCMN(2013)7 on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Romania.

At their 1187bis meeting (18 December 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1187bis/4.2b), the Deputies adopted Resolution CM/ResCMN(2013)8 on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Ukraine.

At their 1187th meeting (11-12 December 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1187/4.3), the Deputies declared Mr Tomáš Hrustič, in respect of the Slovak Republic, elected to the list of experts eligible to serve on the Advisory Committee, and consequently adopted Resolution CM/ResCMN(2013)6.

At their 1182nd meeting (24 October 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1182/4.3), the Deputies elected Dr Detlev Rein, in respect of Germany, to the list of experts eligible to serve on the Advisory Committee. They consequently adopted Resolution CM/ResCMN(2013)5.

At their 1176th meeting (10 July 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1176/4.2a), the Deputies declared elected Mr Sławomir Łodziński, in respect of Poland, to the list of experts eligible to serve on the Advisory Committee. They consequently adopted Resolution CM/ResCMN(2013)3.

At their 1176th meeting (10 July 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1176/4.2b), the Deputies adopted Resolution CM/ResCMN(2013)4 on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Spain.

At their 1173rd meeting (11-12 June 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1173/4.2), the Deputies adopted Resolution CM/ResCMN(2013)2 on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Sweden.

At their 1169th meeting (30 April 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1169/4.2a), the Deputies approved the draft outline for State reports under the fourth monitoring cycle of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (CM(2013)30).

At their 1169th meeting (30 April 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1169/4.2b), the Deputies adopted Resolution CM/ResCMN(2013)1 on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by the Russian Federation.

Commissioner for Human Rights

Equality

At their 1183rd meeting (6 November 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1183/4.2), the Deputies adopted the Council of Europe Gender Equality Strategy 2014-2017 (CM(2013)136 final). They invited the Gender Equality Commission (DECS-GEC) to follow closely the implementation of the Strategy, in co-operation with their Thematic Co-ordinator on Equality and Trafficking (TC-ET). Finally the Deputies invited the Secretary General to provide them with a mid-term report on its implementation by 31 December 2015.

Action against Trafficking in Human Beings

At their 1183rd meeting (6 November 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1183/4.1b), the Deputies took note of the third general activity report of the GRETA (THB-GRETA(2013)17).

At their 1182nd meeting (24 October 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1182/4.5), the Deputies adopted Resolution CM/Res(2013)28 on Rules on the election procedure of the members of GRETA which will enter into force forthwith.

European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)

At their 1187th meeting (11-12 December 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1187/4.6), the Deputies took note of the names and curricula vitae of the persons appointed by Bosnia and Herzegovina and Ukraine to serve as ECRI member and deputy to the member of ECRI in respect of these countries for a term of office of five years, starting on 11 December 2013 (DGII/Inf(2013)12 and DGII/Inf(2013)13).

At their 1182nd meeting (24 October 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1182/4.1b), the Deputies took note of the annual report on the activities for 2012 of the ECRI adopted at its 60th meeting (Strasbourg, 20-22 March 2013) (CM(2013)106).

At their 1181st meeting (16 October 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1181/4.1), the Deputies took note of the names and curricula vitae of the persons appointed by Montenegro and Switzerland to serve as ECRI members for a term of office of five years, starting respectively on 10 December 2013 and on 1 January 2014 (DGII/Inf(2013)11 and DGII/Inf(2013)10).

At their 1180th meeting (9 October 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1180/4.2), the Deputies transmitted to the governments concerned ECRI’s country-by-country reports on Malta, the Republic of Moldova, the Netherlands and the Russian Federation. 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 Georgia. The Deputies then took note of the abridged report of ECRI’s 61st meeting (CM(2013)99).

At their 1180th meeting (9 October 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1180/4.4), the Deputies recalled that according to Article 2, paragraph 3 of Resolution Res(2002)8 on the statute of the ECRI, the members of ECRI shall serve in their individual capacity, shall be independent and impartial in fulfilling their mandate and shall not receive any instructions from their government. They agreed that this provision implies, inter alia, that members of ECRI will not take instructions from any organisation or person, including in their respective countries, on how to perform their duties as members of ECRI. The Deputies agreed that in addition to the criteria for ECRI membership laid down in Article 2 of Resolution Res(2002)8 on the statute of the ECRI, candidates for ECRI membership should have proven fluency in at least one of the working languages of the Council of Europe and be available for travelling and able to work under stress and to a tight time schedule.

The Deputies encouraged member States to select their members of ECRI through a transparent procedure and noted that they could also use the ECRI website for this purpose. They invited member States to take into due account the need for gender balance within ECRI when appointing their ECRI members.

The Deputies invited ECRI’s secretariat, in collaboration with its Bureau, to draft a standard CV template for candidates for ECRI membership and to report back. They noted that each ECRI candidate may submit a letter setting out his/her motivation for transmission to the Committee of Ministers together with the standard CV at the time of the notification of his/her appointment.

Finally, the Deputies adopted Resolution CM/Res(2013)12 amending Resolution Res(2002)8 on the statute of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance.

At their 1178th meeting (17-18 September 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1178/4.4), the Deputies took note of the name and curriculum vitae of the person appointed by the United Kingdom to serve as member of ECRI for a term of office of five years, starting on 18 September 2013 (DGII/Inf(2013)07).

At their 1175th meeting (3 July 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1175/4.2), the Deputies took note of the name and curriculum vitae of the person appointed by Belgium to serve as deputy to the ECRI member for a term of office coinciding with that of the current ECRI member (DGII/Inf(2013)05).

At their 1175th meeting (3 July 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1175/4.1), the Deputies transmitted to the governments concerned ECRI’s country-by-country reports on Finland, Portugal and San Marino. They also transmitted to the governments concerned ECRI’s conclusions on the implementation of the recommendations subject to interim follow-up it had addressed to France, Poland and “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”. The Deputies then took note of the abridged report of ECRI’s 60th meeting as a whole (CM(2013)39).

At their 1171st meeting (29 May 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1171/4.3), the Deputies took note of the names and curricula vitae of the persons appointed:

- by the Republic of Moldova to serve as member of ECRI for a term of office of five years, starting on 16 September 2013 (DGII(2013)02);

- and by San Marino to serve as member and deputy to the ECRI member for a term of office of five years, starting on 12 June 2013, as contained in document DGII/Inf(2013)04.

At their 1162nd meeting (13-14 February 2013) (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1162/4.1), the Deputies transmitted to the governments concerned ECRI’s country-by-country reports on Ireland and Liechtenstein. They also transmitted to the governments concerned ECRI’s conclusions on the implementation of the recommendations subject to interim follow-up it had addressed to Albania, Austria, Estonia and the United Kingdom. The Deputies then took note of the abridged report of ECRI’s 59th meeting (CM(2012)179).



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