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Communication on the activities of the Committee of Ministers

Statutory Report 2014


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)
European Social Charter
Death penalty

 

Human Rights – in general

At their 1213th meeting (26 November 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1213/4.6), the Deputies agreed upon the following agenda for the next exchange of views, to be held in Strasbourg on 12 February 2015 (10 a.m. - 1 p.m.):

a. General discussion on the developments and main results of the 69th 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 2014;

c. Major themes for the Human Rights Council in 2015;

d. Thematic discussion on business and human rights.

The Deputies agreed to invite the Chair of the UN Human Rights Council; the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative on business and human rights, or the Chair Rapporteur or a member of the UN Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises; and the Chair of the CDDH Drafting Group on Human Rights and Business (CDDH-CORP), to participate in the exchange.

At their 1212th meeting (19 November 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1212/4.3), the Deputies adopted Resolution CM/Res(2014)43 on rules on the election procedure of the members of the Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO). They invited States Parties to the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, in accordance with Rules 9 and 10 of Resolution CM/Res(2014)43, to submit to the Secretary General, at the latest by 2 March 2015, candidatures for the GREVIO.

At their 1211th meeting (12 November 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1211/4.2), the Deputies took note of the 1st activity report of the Committee of the Parties of the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (Lanzarote Committee) (T-ES), covering the period 20 September 2011 – 11 September 2014 (CM(2014)124).

At their 1205th meeting (9 July 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1205/4.3), the Deputies adopted the Statement by the Committee of Ministers on the prohibition of any form of commercialisation of human organs.

At their 1198th meeting (29-30 April and 2 May 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1198/4.4), the Deputies took note of the Court’s report on interim measures indicated under Rule 39 of the Rules of Court (DD(2014)376), and of the downward trend as regards the number of interim measures requested and granted. They welcomed the measures taken by the Court to increase the efficiency of its system for the management and processing of these requests, in particular the centralised procedure for the handling of requests and the priority treatment given to such requests. The Deputies welcomed the Court’s strengthened dialogue with respondent governments on interim measures and encouraged it to continue to pursue this dialogue, including, when time allows, at the initial stage of examination of a request. Finally the Deputies reiterated their call on States Parties to the European Convention on Human Rights to comply with indications of interim measures made under Rule 39 of the Rules of Court and looked forward to receiving by 31 December 2014 their responses to the various proposals addressed to them in the CDDH report.

At their 1195th meeting (19 and 20 March 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1195/4.4), the Deputies noted that the second meeting of CAHDATA would take place on 28 to 30 April 2014.

At their 1195th meeting (19 and 20 March 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1195/4.3), recalling Article 21 of the European Convention on Human Rights setting out the criteria for office for judges to be elected to sit on the European Court of Human Rights, stressing the importance of maintaining the independence of the judges and of preserving the impartiality and quality of the Court, recognising that the authority and credibility of the Court depend in large part on the quality of its judges and the judgments they deliver, taking note of the concerns expressed by the President of the Court in his letter of 22 November 2013 to the Chairperson of the Ministers’ Deputies, the Deputies called upon States Parties to the European Convention on Human Rights to address appropriately the situation of judges of the Court, once their term of office has expired, by seeking to ensure, to the extent possible within the applicable national legislation, that former judges have the opportunity to maintain their career prospects at a level consistent with the office that they have exercised. The Deputies invited member States to provide any relevant information on the follow-up given to this decision and decided to resume consideration of this matter before 31 December 2015, in the light notably of the information contained in the comparative survey provided by the Court (DD(2013)1321) and any other information that member States may have provided on the issue. On the basis of this examination, the Deputies will consider whether any further initiatives should be taken.

At their 1191st meeting (12-13 February 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1191/4.5), following the discussion, the Deputies invited the GT-REF.ECHR to pursue its examination of this item and to report back.

Replies to Recommendations

Parliamentary Assembly

At their 1211th meeting (12 November 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1211/4.1), the Deputies adopted the reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 2043 (2014) on the “Urgent need to deal with new failures to co-operate with the European Court of Human Rights”.

At their 1207th meeting (17 September 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1207/4.6), the Deputies adopted replies to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 2032 (2014) on “A strategy to prevent racism and intolerance in Europe”, (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1207/4.6) and Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 2040 (2014) on “The situation and rights of national minorities in Europe” (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1207/4.7).

At their 1204th meeting (2-3 July 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1204/4.9), the Deputies adopted the reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 2021 (2013) on “Tackling discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity”.

At their 1204th meeting (2-3 July 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1204/4.6), the Deputies adopted the reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 2037 (2014) on “Accountability of international organisations for human rights violations”.

At their 1204th meeting (2-3 July 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1204/4.3), the Deputies adopted the reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 2039 (2014) on “The European Convention on Human Rights: the need to reinforce the training of legal professionals”.

At their 1200th meeting (28 May 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1200/4.4), the Deputies adopted the reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 2028 (2013) on “Monitoring the return of irregular migrants and failed asylum seekers by land, sea and air”.

At their 1197th meeting (16 April 2014), the Deputies adopted replies to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 2030 (2013) on “Violence against women in Europe” (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1197/4.3) and Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 2024 (2013) on “National security and access to information” (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1197/4.5).

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe

Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH)

At their 1215bis meeting (17 December 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1215bis/4.1), the Deputies agreed to extend until 30 June 2015 the deadline given to the CDDH for the presentation of a feasibility study on possible further activities relating to the impact of the economic crisis on human rights in Europe.

At their 1211th meeting (12 November 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1211/4.3), the Deputies agreed to extend until 31 December 2015 the deadline given to the CDDH for the presentation of its final report on the long-term future of the Convention system and the European Court of Human Rights.

At their 1207th meeting (17 September 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1207/4.4), the Deputies took note of the reply by the CDDH to the Committee of Ministers concerning prenatal sex selection and of the readiness of the CDDH, as well as the Committee on Bioethics (DH-BIO), to contribute, in their field of competence, to any activity that could be undertaken on this issue. In the light of the serious human rights implications of prenatal sex selection practices, the Deputies instructed the CDDH, with the support of the DH-BIO, and in co-operation with the Gender Equality Commission (GEC), to consider and make proposals for concrete action to be undertaken by the Council of Europe in this field.

In the light of these decisions, the Deputies took note of the abridged report of the 81st meeting of the CDDH (CM(2014)89).

At their 1200th meeting (28 May 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1200/4.6), the Deputies took note of the abridged report of the 80th meeting of the CDDH (CM(2014)55).

At their 1197th meeting (16 April 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1197/4.2), the Deputies adopted the Declaration of the Committee of Ministers on the UN Guiding Principles on business and human rights.

At their 1192nd meeting (19-21 February 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1192/4.4), the Deputies adopted Recommendation CM/Rec(2014)2 of the Committee of Ministers to member States on the promotion of human rights of older persons and took note of the Explanatory Memorandum thereto (CM(2013)173 addfinal).

At their 1191st meeting (12-13 February 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1191/4.4), the Deputies took due note of the CDDH report on the implementation of Recommendation CM/Rec(2010)4 (CM(2013)36 add1), including the conclusions of the CDDH. The Deputies encouraged member States to continue their efforts as appropriate to implement the various provisions of the recommendation and to translate and disseminate it as widely as possible and encouraged further the organisation, upon request from member States, of assistance and capacity-building activities to facilitate their implementation of the recommendation at national level. Finally, in the light of the conclusions of the CDDH report, the Deputies agreed to request the CDDH to revert to the issue of the implementation of the provisions of the recommendation within the biennium 2016-2017.

At their 1191st meeting (12-13 February 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1191/4.2a), the Deputies took note of the abridged report of the 79th meeting of the CDDH (CM(2013)173).

At their 1190th meeting (5 February 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1190/4.3a), the Deputies took note of the CDDH report on whether more effective measures are needed in respect of States that fail to implement Court judgments in a timely manner (CM(2013)174). The Deputies agreed to transmit the report to the Court for information and possible comments on the proposals concerning or affecting the Court (paragraphs 12-14 and 25-31) and instructed the GT-REF.ECHR to examine the proposals made by the CDDH in the light of any comments received from the Court, and to report back in due course on its conclusions and possible proposals for action. They instructed the CDDH to pursue its examination of the question of the execution of judgments and the supervision thereof in the context of its work on the longer-term future of the Convention system and the Court.

At their 1190th meeting (5 February 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1190/4.3b), the Deputies took note of the CDDH’s report on the review of the functioning of the Advisory Panel of Experts on Candidates for Election as Judge to the European Court of Human Rights (CM(2013)175) and of the final activity report of the Advisory Panel (Advisory Panel(2013)12) and agreed to transmit these documents to the Parliamentary Assembly and to the Court for information and possible comments. They instructed the GT-REF.ECHR to examine the proposals made in the above-mentioned documents in the light of any comments received and to report back in due course on its conclusions and possible proposals for action. The Deputies decided to prolong the mandate of the Panel and invited delegations, having regard to paragraphs 2 and 3 of Resolution CM/Res(2010)26 on the establishment of an Advisory Panel of Experts on Candidates for Election as Judge to the European Court of Human Rights, to submit to the Chair, by 31 March 2014, proposals for appointment to the Panel.

At their 1190th meeting (5 February 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1190/4.3c), the Deputies endorsed the conclusions of the CDDH report on the question of whether or not to amend the Convention to enable the appointment of additional judges to the Court (CM(2013)176).

At their 1190th meeting (5 February 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1190/4.3), the Deputies took note of the report of the Secretary General on the implementation of the Brighton Declaration (SG/Inf(2013)44).

At their 1190th meeting (5 February 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1190/4.3f), the Deputies agreed to extend until 31 December 2014, the deadline given to member States to report to the Committee of Ministers (i) on their implementation of the measures which the Brighton Declaration requires of them, and (ii) on their response to the various proposals addressed to them in the CDDH report on interim measures under Rule 39 of the Rules of the Court (CM(2013)32). They instructed the CDDH to prepare a report for the Committee of Ministers, by 31 December 2015, containing an analysis of the responses given by member States and possible recommendations for follow-up.

At their 1189th meeting (22 January 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1189/4.1), the Deputies took note of the CDDH report on the implementation of Recommendation CM/Rec(2010)5 of the Committee of Ministers to member States on measures to combat discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity (CM(2013)36 add2), and endorsed its conclusions. The Deputies encouraged member States to continue their efforts to implement the various provisions of the recommendation and to translate and disseminate it as widely as possible. They encouraged further the organisation, upon request from member States, of assistance and capacity-building activities to facilitate their implementation of the recommendation. In the light of the conclusions of the CDDH report, the Deputies agreed to revert to the issue of the implementation of the provisions of the recommendation in four years’ time.

European Convention on Human Rights/European Court of Human Rights

At its 124th Session (6 May 2014) (CM/PV(2014)124add1 item3), the Committee of Ministers noted with appreciation the measures taken by the various stakeholders since its previous Session to implement the Brighton Declaration and welcomed, in particular, the additional measures taken by the Court to increase the effectiveness of its work following the entry into force of Protocol No. 14, resulting in a substantial decrease in the number of pending cases. It noted, however, that the backlog of admissible and potentially well-founded cases pending before the Court remains a serious challenge. The Committee of Ministers welcomed the continued measures taken by States Parties to the Convention to implement the Convention at the domestic level and to fully execute the Court’s judgments, and encouraged them to continue and to intensify their efforts in this regard, giving particular attention to structural and systemic problems generating repetitive applications to the Court. It welcomed also the Secretary General’s measures to improve co-ordination between various Council of Europe bodies in the delivery of technical assistance to States Parties, as well as in targeting this assistance to each State Party on a bilateral basis, taking their requests into account as well as particular judgments of the Court.

The Committee of Ministers reiterated its commitment to ensure effective and transparent supervision of the execution of the Court’s judgments and instructed its Deputies to continue to give priority consideration to this matter in order to make substantial further progress in this respect. The Committee of Ministers called on the States Parties to the Convention to sign and ratify Protocol No. 15 amending the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, as soon as possible. While taking note of the adoption in July 2013 of the optional Protocol No. 16 to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and of its opening for signature on 2 October 2013, the Committee of Ministers invited States Parties to consider signing and ratifying it.

The Committee of Ministers welcomed the contributions made by States Parties to the special account set up by the Secretary General to help the Court deal with its backlog of cases and encouraged further contributions. It welcomed also the increasing number of secondments of national judges and high-level independent lawyers to the Court’s Registry and encouraged the continuation of this practice.

Reiterating its firm determination to implement the Interlaken, Izmir and Brighton Declarations, the Committee of Ministers invited all relevant stakeholders to pursue their work while respecting the agreed deadlines in order to secure the long-term effectiveness of the supervisory mechanism set up under the European Convention on Human Rights. It instructed its Deputies to continue to give priority to and to steer the reform process with a view to reporting on action taken and progress achieved at its next Session.

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 1215bis meeting (17 December 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1215bis/H46-1), the Deputies adopted the final Resolutions CM/ResDH(2014)286 to 298.

At their 1215th meeting (9-10 December 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1215/H46-1), the Deputies adopted the final Resolutions CM/ResDH(2014)276 to 285.

At their 1213th meeting (26 November 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1213/H46-1), the Deputies adopted the final Resolutions CM/ResDH(2014)248 to 254.

At their 1212th meeting (19 November 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1212/H46-1), the Deputies adopted the final Resolutions CM/ResDH(2014)225 to 247.

At their 1211th meeting (12 November 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1211/H46-1), the Deputies adopted the final Resolutions CM/ResDH(2014)197 to 224.

At their 1210th meeting (22 and 24 October 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1210/H46-1), the Deputies adopted the final Resolutions CM/ResDH(2014)191 to 196.

At their 1209th meeting (8 October 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1209/H46-1), the Deputies adopted the final Resolutions CM/ResDH(2014)186 to 190.

At their 1207th meeting (17 September 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1207/H46-1), the Deputies adopted the final Resolutions CM/ResDH(2014)135 to 158.

At their 1206th meeting (10 September 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1206/H46-1), the Deputies adopted the final Resolutions CM/ResDH(2014)108 to 134.

At their 1205th meeting (9 July 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1205/H46-1), the Deputies adopted the final Resolutions CM/ResDH(2014)96 to 107.

At their 1204th meeting (2-3 July 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1204/H46-1), the Deputies adopted the final Resolutions CM/ResDH(2014)92 to 95.

At their 1203rd meeting (18 June 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1203/H46-1), the Deputies adopted the final Resolutions CM/ResDH(2014)86 to 91.

At their 1200th meeting (28 May 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1200/H46-1), the Deputies adopted the final Resolutions CM/ResDH(2014)67 to 76.

At their 1199th meeting (13 May 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1199/H46-1), the Deputies adopted the final Resolutions CM/ResDH(2014)64 to 66.

At their 1199th meeting (13 May 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1199/H46-2), the Deputies noted that the general measures required to guarantee to all the beneficiaries the entitlement to the adjustment of the compensation allowance due to them, fall under the shared competence of the State and the regions. They welcomed the fact that the Italian authorities have already adopted an important part of the general measures required for the beneficiaries that are under the competence of the State, noted that they propose to adopt the remaining measures before 31 December 2014 and invited them to adopt these measures in accordance with the timetable set and to keep the Committee informed. The Deputies noted, however, that the authorities have not been able to indicate as yet a time-limit for the adoption of the general measures required at the regional level; and, underlining the upcoming deadline of 3 June 2014 set by the European Court’s judgment, called upon the Italian authorities to indicate as a matter of urgency the general measures required at regional level, as well as the time-frame envisaged for their adoption. The Deputies decided therefore to resume the examination of the issues outstanding at the regional level, at the latest at their 1208th meeting (DH) (23-25 September 2014).

At their 1198th meeting (29-30 April and 2 May 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1198/H46-1), the Deputies adopted the final Resolutions CM/ResDH(2014)53 to 63.

At their 1197th meeting (16 April 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1197/H46-1), the Deputies adopted the final Resolutions CM/ResDH(2014)44 to 52.

At their 1196th meeting (2-3 April 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1196/H46-1), the Deputies adopted the final Resolutions CM/ResDH(2014)38 to 43.

At their 1194th meeting (12-14 March 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1194/H46-1), the Deputies adopted the final Resolutions CM/ResDH(2014)35 and 36.

At their 1191st meeting (12-13 February 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1191/H46-1), the Deputies adopted the final Resolutions CM/ResDH(2014)17 and 18.

At their 1190th meeting (5 February 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1190/H46-1), the Deputies adopted the final Resolutions CM/ResDH(2014)8 to 16.

At their 1189th meeting (22 January 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1189/H46-1), the Deputies adopted the final Resolutions CM/ResDH(2014)6 and 7.

At their 1188th meeting (15 January 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1188/H46-1), the Deputies adopted the final Resolutions CM/ResDH(2014)1 to 5.

Also at their 1188th meeting (15 January 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1188/H46-2), the Deputies took note of the information and updated action plan provided by the Azerbaijani authorities in response to the Committee of Ministers’ Interim Resolution CM/ResDH(2013)199 and its decision adopted at their 1186th meeting (3-5 December 2013) (DH).

The Deputies noted, as regards the problems related to the legislation on defamation, the information that the necessary legislative work was continuing and welcomed the authorities’ commitment to continue the co-operation with the Venice Commission. They expressed, however, their serious concern that no timetable had been provided for the speedy adoption of this long overdue reform and noted further that the information provided does not alleviate the need to urgently adopt measures ensuring that prison sanctions may not be resorted to save in exceptional circumstances. The Deputies called on the Azerbaijani authorities to rapidly submit a timetable ensuring the swift adoption of all necessary measures.

Concerning the execution of the Fatullayev case, the Deputies noted with interest, as regards the complex problem of arbitrary application of other criminal laws to unjustifiably limit freedom of expression, that tangible information had now been provided, in particular indicating that new measures had been adopted to ensure the independence of judicial system and the training of both judges and prosecutors on the relevant requirements of the Convention and invited the Secretariat to present a detailed assessment for their next examination of this aspect of the execution of this group of cases. They decided that a letter would be sent from the Chair of the Committee of Ministers, inviting the member of the government responsible for these issues for an exchange of views on the implementation of the judgments to be held at their 1193rd meeting (4-6 March 2014) (DH); and invited the Azerbaijani authorities to pursue their close co-operation with the Secretariat on the concrete modalities to execute these judgments.

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 1213th meeting (26 November 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1213/4.4), the Deputies declared Mr Mark Kelly, in respect of Ireland, elected as member of the CPT, with effect from 26 November 2014, for a term of office which will expire on 19 December 2019. They consequently adopted Resolution CM/ResCPT(2014)3.

At their 1200th meeting (28 May 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1200/4.3), the Deputies declared Ms Inga Harutyunyan (in respect of Armenia) elected as member of the CPT, with effect from 28 May 2014, for a term of office which will expire on 19 December 2019, and declared Ms Therese Rytter (in respect of Denmark) elected as member of the CPT, with effect from 28 May 2014, for a term of office which will expire on 19 December 2017. They consequently adopted Resolution CM/ResCPT(2014)2.

At their 1196th meeting (2-3 April 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1196/4.1), the Deputies, having regard to the two groups “A” and “B” as established at their 784th, 874th, 888th, 930th, 969th and 998th meetings for the purposes of election of members of the CPT, decided to include Bosnia and Herzegovina in Group “A”, declared the following candidates elected as member of the CPT, with effect from 2 April 2014, for a term of office which will expire on 19 December 2017: Ms Dubravka Salčić (in respect of Bosnia and Herzegovina); Ms Esther Marogg (in respect of Liechtenstein); Mr Per Granström (in respect of Sweden); Mr Ömer Müslümanoğlu (in respect of Turkey); and re-elected Mr James McManus (in respect of the United Kingdom) as member of the CPT, with effect from 2 April 2014, for a term of office which will expire on 19 December 2017. The Deputies consequently adopted Resolution CM/ResCPT(2014)1.

Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

At their 1213th meeting (26 November 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1213/4.3b), the Deputies adopted Resolution CM/ResCMN(2014)13 on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities in Kosovo.

At their 1213th meeting (26 November 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1213/4.3a), the Deputies declared elected Mr Besarion Bokhashvili, in respect of Georgia, to the list of experts eligible to serve on the Advisory Committee and consequently adopted Resolution CM/ResCMN(2014)12.

At their 1210th meeting (22 and 24 October 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1210/4.2), the Deputies declared elected to the list of experts eligible to serve on the Advisory Committee: Ms Tatjana Muravjova, in respect of Estonia. They appointed Ms Tatjana Muravjova, in accordance with Rule 18 of Resolution Res(97)10, as an ordinary member of the Advisory Committee for a term which will commence on 24 October 2014 and expire on 31 May 2016. The Deputies consequently adopted Resolution CM/ResCMN(2014)11.

At their 1207th meeting (17 September 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1207/4.1b), the Deputies took note of the 9th activity report of the Advisory Committee, covering the period from 1 June 2012 to 31 May 2014 (CM(2014)109).

At their 1207th meeting (17 September 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1207/4.3), the Deputies declared elected Ms Antonija Petričušić, in respect of Croatia, to the list of experts eligible to serve on the Advisory Committee and consequently adopted Resolution CM/ResCMN(2014)10.

At their 1205th meeting (9 July 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1205/4.2), the Deputies adopted Resolution CM/ResCMN(2014)9 on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Latvia.

At their 1204th meeting (2-3 July 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1204/4.4c), the Deputies adopted Resolution CM/ResCMN(2014)8 on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Malta.

At their 1203rd meeting (18 June 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1203/4.1), the Deputies appointed as ordinary members of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for a four-year term commencing on 1 June 2014 and expiring on 31 May 2018, the following nine experts: Mr Reinis Āboltiņš, in respect of Latvia; Mr Neven Andjelić, in respect of Bosnia and Herzegovina; Ms Brigitta Busch, in respect of Austria; Mr Yiannakis Chrysostomis, in respect of Cyprus; Mr Tomáš Hrustič, in respect of the Slovak Republic; Ms Tove Malloy, in respect of Denmark; Mr Craig Oliphant, in respect of United Kingdom; Ms Petra Roter, in respect of Slovenia; Ms Carmen Santiago Reyes, in respect of Spain.

At their 1202nd meeting (10-11 June 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1202/4.1), the Deputies welcomed the steps taken by the Georgian authorities towards fully honouring their commitment on the repatriation and integration of the Meskhetian population deported by the Soviet regime and urged them to continue their efforts towards the successful completion of the repatriation process. The Deputies then adopted Resolution CM/ResCMN(2014)7 on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Georgia.

At their 1200th meeting (28 May 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1200/4.2a), the Deputies adopted Resolution CM/ResCMN(2014)5 on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by the Netherlands.

At their 1200th meeting (28 May 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1200/4.2b), the Deputies adopted Resolution CM/ResCMN(2014)6 on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Switzerland.

At their 1198th meeting (29-30 April and 2 May 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1198/4.2), the Deputies declared elected Mr Craig Oliphant, in respect of the United Kingdom, to the list of experts eligible to serve on the Advisory Committee, and consequently adopted Resolution CM/ResCMN(2014)4.

At their 1192nd meeting (19-21 February 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1192/4.3a), the Deputies declared Mr Neven Andjelić, in respect of Bosnia and Herzegovina, elected to the list of experts eligible to serve on the Advisory Committee, and consequently adopted Resolution CM/ResCMN(2014)3.

At their 1191st meeting (12-13 February 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1191/4.6a), the Deputies adopted Resolution CM/ResCMN(2014)1 on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Albania.

At their 1191st meeting (12-13 February 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1191/4.6b), the Deputies adopted Resolution CM/ResCMN(2014)2 on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Ireland.

Commissioner for Human Rights

Equality

Action against Trafficking in Human Beings

European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)

At their 1212th meeting (19 November 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1212/4.1), the Deputies took note of the name and curriculum vitae of the person appointed by Austria to serve as the ECRI member in respect of that country for a term of office of five years, starting on 28 February 2015 (DGII/Inf(2014)17).

At their 1210th meeting (22 and 24 October 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1210/4.1), the Deputies took note of the name and curriculum vitae of the person appointed by Malta to serve as ECRI member in respect of that country for a term of office of five years, starting on 18 November 2014 (DGII/Inf(2014)16).

At their 1207th meeting (17 September 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1207/4.5), the Deputies took note of the name and curriculum vitae of the person appointed by France to serve as ECRI member in respect of that country for a term of office of five years, starting on 17 September 2014 (DGII/Inf(2014)14).

At their 1206th meeting (10 September 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1206/4.1), the Deputies transmitted to the governments concerned ECRI’s country reports on Bulgaria, Slovakia, Slovenia and Switzerland. They then took note of the abridged report of ECRI’s 64th meeting as a whole.

At their 1205th meeting (9 July 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1205/4.1b), the Deputies took note of the annual report on the activities for 2013 of the ECRI adopted at its 63rd meeting (Strasbourg, 19-21 March 2014) (CM(2014)85).

At their 1204th meeting (2-3 July 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1204/4.5), the Deputies took note of the names and curricula vitae of the persons appointed by:

- Croatia to serve as ECRI member in respect of that country for a term of office of five years, starting on 2 July 2014 (DGII/Inf(2014)10);

- Finland 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 2 July 2014 (DGII/Inf(2014)7);

- France to serve as deputy to the ECRI member in respect of that country, for a term of office coinciding with that of the current ECRI member (DGII/Inf(2014)8).

At their 1200th meeting (28 May 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1200/4.5a), the Deputies transmitted to the government concerned ECRI’s country report on Romania and transmitted to the governments concerned ECRI’s conclusions on the implementation of the recommendations subject to interim follow-up it had addressed to Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Lithuania, Monaco and Serbia. The Deputies then took note of the abridged report of ECRI’s 63rd meeting as a whole.

At their 1200th meeting (28 May 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1200/4.5b), the Deputies took note of the name and curriculum vitae of the person appointed by Liechtenstein to serve as member of ECRI for a term of office of five years, starting on 28 May 2014 (DGII/Inf(2014)4).

At their 1192nd meeting (19-21 February 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1192/4.2a), the Deputies transmitted to the governments concerned ECRI’s country reports on Belgium and Germany. 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 Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Spain and Turkey. Finally, the Deputies took note of the abridged report of ECRI’s 62nd meeting as a whole.

At their 1192nd meeting (19-21 February 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1192/4.2b), the Deputies adopted Resolution CM/Res(2014)2 amending Resolution Res(2002)8 on the Statute of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI). They invited Mexico to be represented within ECRI without the right to vote and confirmed the decision taken at their 516th meeting (September 1994) to grant this right to the Holy See.

At their 1191st meeting (12-13 February 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1191/4.3), the Deputies took note of the names and curricula vitae of the persons appointed by:

- France to serve as ECRI member of ECRI for a term of office of five years, starting on 22 April 2014 (DGII/Inf(2014)1);

- Switzerland to serve as deputy to the member of ECRI for a term of office coinciding with that of the current ECRI member (DGII/Inf(2014)2).

European Social Charter

At their 1212th meeting (19 November 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1212/4.2), the Deputies declared the following candidates elected as members of the European Committee of Social Rights, with effect from 1 January 2015, for a term of office which will expire on 31 December 2020: François Vandamme, Belgian; Krassimira Sredkova, Bulgarian; Marit Frogner, Norwegian; Petros Stangos, Greek and Raúl Canosa Usera, Spanish. They adopted accordingly Resolution CM/ResChS(2014)13.

At their 1209th meeting (8 October 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1209/4.2), the Deputies adopted Resolution CM/ResChS(2014)12.

At their 1209th meeting (8 October 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1209/4.1), the Deputies took note of the conclusions of the Governmental Committee of the European Social Charter and the European Code of Social Security on the application of the European Code of Social Security and, where applicable, its additional Protocol, by Belgium, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom, in accordance with Article 75 of the European Code of Social Security (CM(2014)107). They adopted Resolutions CM/ResCSS(2014)1 to 21.

At their 1204th meeting (2-3 July 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1204/4.1a), the Deputies adopted Resolution CM/ResChS(2014)7.

At their 1204th meeting (2-3 July 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1204/4.1b), the Deputies adopted Resolution CM/ResChS(2014)8.

At their 1204th meeting (2-3 July 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1204/4.1c), the Deputies adopted Resolution CM/ResChS(2014)9.

At their 1204th meeting (2-3 July 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1204/4.1d), the Deputies adopted Resolution CM/ResChS(2014)10.

At their 1204th meeting (2-3 July 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1204/4.1e), the Deputies adopted Resolution CM/ResChS(2014)11.

At their 1198th meeting (29-30 April and 2 May 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1198/4.3), the Deputies adopted the procedure for filling the five seats on the European Committee of Social Rights falling vacant on 31 December 2014, the terms for these seats beginning on 1 January 2015 and ending on 31 December 2020.

At their 1198th meeting (29-30 April and 2 May 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1198/4.1), the Deputies adopted Resolution CM/ResChS(2014)6.

At their 1196th meeting (2-3 April 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1196/4.6), the Deputies adopted Resolution CM/ResChS(2014)5.

At their 1196th meeting (2-3 April 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1196/4.7), the Deputies, noting that there is a unanimous agreement of the States Parties to the European Social Charter and the revised European Social Charter, adopted the proposals of the Governmental Committee of the European Social Charter and the European Code of Social Security on the ways of streamlining and improving the reporting and monitoring system of the European Social Charter (Part I of CM(2014)26). They adopted the proposals on a simplified reporting system for submission of national reports for States having accepted the collective complaints procedure (Part II of CM(2014)26).

At their 1190th meeting (5 February 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1190/4.1a), the Deputies adopted Resolution CM/ResChS(2014)1.

At their 1190th meeting (5 February 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1190/4.1b), the Deputies adopted Resolution CM/ResChS(2014)2.

At their 1190th meeting (5 February 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1190/4.2a), the Deputies, on the basis of the abridged report of the Governmental Committee of the European Social Charter and the European Code of Social Security concerning Conclusions XX-1 (2012) of the European Social Charter (CM(2013)167), adopted Resolution CM/ResChS(2014)3 on the implementation of the European Social Charter during the period 2007-2010 (Conclusions XX-1 (2012), provisions related to the thematic group “Employment, training and equal opportunities”), in the light of comments made by delegations.

At their 1190th meeting (5 February 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1190/4.2b), the Deputies, on the basis of the abridged report of the Governmental Committee of the European Social Charter and the European Code of Social Security concerning Conclusions 2012 of the European Social Charter (revised) (CM(2013)168), adopted Resolution CM/ResChS(2014)4 on the implementation of the European Social Charter during the period 2007-2010 (Conclusions 2012, provisions related to the thematic group “Employment, training and equal opportunities”), in the light of comments made by delegations.

Death penalty

At their 1209th meeting (8 October 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1209/4.3), the Deputies, in view of the eighth European Day against the Death Penalty on 10 October 2014, reaffirmed their unequivocal opposition to the death penalty in all places and in all circumstances, and reiterated the objective to create a death penalty-free zone in Europe.

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 to the European Convention on Human Rights. 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 Poland and encouraged those States which have not yet signed or ratified Protocol No. 13 to do so rapidly. They took note of the information provided by Armenia on measures taken regarding the 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.

The Deputies deeply regretted that Belarus carried out new executions in 2014 after a previous year of no executions, thus leading Belarus further away from the values of the Council of Europe. They reiterated their strong call on the authorities of Belarus to establish without delay a formal moratorium on executions as a first step towards abolition of the death penalty, and to commute the remaining deaths sentences imposed in 2013, and regretted that the Minister of Justice of Belarus did not reply to the invitation to participate in the exchange of views on the abolition of death penalty in Europe. An opportunity was lost to strengthen the dialogue between the Council of Europe and Belarus concerning the abolition of the death penalty in that country. The Deputies reiterated their readiness to provide the authorities of Belarus with the assistance they may need for such a formal moratorium to be introduced, possibly in the framework of the Council of Europe activities for Belarus 2014-2015 and also in co-operation with the Council of Europe Information Point in Minsk.

The Deputies called upon all member States of the United Nations to support the draft Resolution on a moratorium on the use of death penalty which will be put to vote at the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly in December 2014.

Finally, the Deputies agreed to resume consideration of this issue at one of their forthcoming meetings, but no later than April 2015, in the light of additional information to be provided by the Secretariat, by mid-March 2015, 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 on the situation in Belarus.

At their 1197th meeting (16 April 2014) (CM/Del/Dec(2014)1197/4.1), the Deputies reaffirmed their unequivocal opposition to the death penalty in all places and in all circumstances, and reiterated the objective to create a death penalty-free zone in Europe. 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 to the European Convention on Human Rights. They took note of the information provided by the Russian Federation on measures taken to this effect. The Deputies also welcomed the information provided by Poland about the completion of the internal procedures for the ratification of Protocol No. 13, took note of the information provided by Armenia on measures taken regarding the 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.

The Deputies recalled their Declaration of 22 January 2014 appealing for sentences recently handed down in Belarus to be commuted, reiterated their deep concern at the fact that death sentences were pronounced in four cases in Belarus in 2013 and called on Belarus’ authorities to guarantee full access to all available legal means in accordance with international standards of the rule of law and to refrain from executing these sentences. They welcomed the fact that no execution has taken place in Belarus in 2013 and took note of the information document on the death penalty in Belarus and acknowledged that some efforts were made in the last few years, but that recent developments did not demonstrate a clear willingness to establish a moratorium on executions as a first step towards the abolition of the death penalty. The Deputies reiterated their strong call on all authorities of Belarus to establish without delay a moratorium on executions as a first step towards abolition of the death penalty and expressed their readiness to provide the authorities with the assistance they may need to that effect, including in the framework of the Council of Europe activities for Belarus 2014-2015 and also in co-operation with the Council of Europe Information Point in Minsk. Taking into account the importance of the abolition of the death penalty for the protection of human dignity and promotion of human rights in Europe, the Deputies decided to invite the member of the Government of Belarus responsible for this issue to participate in the exchange of views that will take place according to the following decision number 10, as an opportunity to further strengthen the dialogue between the Council of Europe and Belarus, which can be a valuable tool for measures to be taken towards the abolition of the death penalty in that country.

Finally the Deputies agreed to resume consideration of this item at one of their forthcoming meetings, but no later than October 2014, in the light of additional information to be provided, by mid-September 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 to continue their discussion on the situation in Belarus.



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