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1215th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies
(9 and 10 December 2014)

[10/12/2014] At their 1215th meeting, the Ministers' Deputies adopted a declaration on the death penalty in the United States of America, following the executions of Robert Wayne Holsey in the State of Georgia and Paul Goodwin in Missouri, as well as the decision of the New Orleans Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to stay the execution of Mr Scott Panetti.
The Deputies held a thematic debate on "Ensuring freedom of expression on the internet". Participants in the debate included Ms Dunja Mijatovic, OSCE Representative on Freedom of Media, Ms Constance Bommelaer, Senior Director, Global Policy Partnership, Internet Society, Ms Anriette Esterhuysen, Executive Director, Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and Mr Matthias Kettemann, University of Graz, co-author of the book "Freedom of Expression and the Internet". (more ...)

Committee of Ministers: decisions on the execution of European Court of Human Rights judgments
[05/12/2014] The Committee of Ministers has made public the decisions and resolutions adopted at its fourth special "human rights" meeting (2-4 December 2014) during which it has examined the state of implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights.
The list of cases subjected to a more detailed examination is presented on the website of the Department for the Execution of Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights (more ...).

1213th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies (26 November 2014)
[26/11/2014] At their 1213th meeting, the Ministers' Deputies held an exchange of views with the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr Nils Muinieks, following the presentation of his 3rd quarterly activity report for 2014, which focuses on the human rights of persons with intellectual or psychosocial disabilities (more ...).
1212th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies (19 November 2014)
[19/11/2014] At their 1212th meeting, the Ministers' Deputies held an exchange of views with Sir Nicolas Bratza, Chair of the International Advisory Panel on Ukraine (IAP). Sir Nicolas provided an overview of the IAP's work, explaining that the Panels objective is to conclude its enquiries, having obtained final submissions and up-to-date information as of 30 November, and to adopt its report on the Maidan-related investigations in early 2015. Moreover, Sir Nicolas recalled that, as soon as the Maidan-related work of the Panel has reached an advanced stage of completion, the Panel will begin its review of the authorities investigations into the relevant events in Odessa of 2 May 2014, namely in early 2015 (more ...).
Azerbaijan hands over chairmanship to Belgium
[13/11/2014] The Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe today passed from Azerbaijan to Belgium, at a meeting at the Organisation's Strasbourg headquarters, attended by representatives of its 47 member States.
Before handing over the chairmanship to his successor, the outgoing Chair Elmar Mammadyarov, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan, gave an overview of his countrys achievements during its chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers.
The new Chair of the Committee of Ministers, Didier Reynders, Vice-Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign and European affairs of Belgium, presented the priorities of the Belgian chairmanship which will run for six months as of today.

1211th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies (12 November 2014)
[12/11/2014] At their 1211th meeting, the Ministers' Deputies adopted a Declaration on the execution of Mr Aleysander Grunow in Belarus, which they deeply regretted. The Committee of Ministers appealed to the Belarussian authorities to encourage a public debate on all issues related to this inhumane practice and strongly urged its authorities to establish a moratorium on executions as a first step towards abolition of the death penalty (more ...).
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