Ministers' Deputies / Rapporteur Groups
    GR-H
    Rapporteur Group on Human Rights

    GR-H(2004)CB16 22 October 2004
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    Synopsis
    Meeting of 14 October 2004

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    The Ministers' Deputies' Rapporteur Group on Human Rights (GR-H) met on 14 October 2004 with Ambassador C. Yerocostopoulos, Permanent Representative of Greece in the chair. The agenda was as follows:

    04/35

    Examination of the draft programme of activities for 2005 in the field of human rights

    04/34

European Committee of Social Rights - Election of members
Informal exchange of views on the candidates

    04/16

Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1623 (2003) on rights of national minorities - Draft reply

    03/33
    04/28

    Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities - Debate on the draft resolutions on the implementation of the Convention by Albania and Serbia and Montenegro

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    Any other business

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    Date of the next meeting

    04/35 - Examination of the draft programme of activities for 2005 in the field of human rights

    The GR-H expressed general satisfaction with the programme of activities for 2005 in the field of human rights as it appears in document CM(2004)55 volume II.

    04/34 - European Committee of Social Rights - Election of members - Informal exchange of views on the candidates

    The Group held an informal exchange of views on the candidates for election to the European Committee of Social Rights. It noted that all the candidates were standing unopposed except for two candidates for a single seat in Group 4.

    04/16 - Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1623 (2003) on rights of national minorities - Draft reply

    Following a debate, the Chairman noted that the Secretariat was instructed to prepare a revised draft stressing outstanding items and, if need be, indicating the main options to be envisaged.

    Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities - Debate on the draft resolutions on the implementation of the Convention by

    03/33 - Albania

    Following proposals for amendments, the Chairman noted that the GR-H would resume its examination of the text at its next meeting. One delegation made a statement which appears in the confidential addendum to the present synopsis. Another delegation regretted that the Albanian constitution did not recognise the existence of a Serb minority.

    04/28 - Serbia and Montenegro

Following a debate on a proposal for compromise submitted by two delegations, the Chairman noted that the GR-H approved the proposal with an amendment and recommended its adoption by the Deputies.

    - Any other business

    No delegation took the floor under this item.

    - Date of the next meeting

    The Group was informed that the next meeting would be held on 8 November 2004 (3.00 pm).



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