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Priorities of the United Kingdom Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (7 November 2011 – 14 May 2012)

Strasbourg, 10.11.11 - As a founder member of the organisation and the first country to ratify the European Convention on Human Rights, the UK takes the responsibility of the Chairmanship, which it last held in 1993. UK sees it as an opportunity to play a leading role in the vital work of the Council of Europe in promoting human rights, democracy and rule of law across the continent.   

The overarching theme of the Chairmanship will be the promotion and protection of human rights. A particular focus will be drawn on developing practical measures in the following areas: 

A. reforming the European Court of Human Rights and strengthening implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights; 

B. supporting Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland’s programme of reform of the Council of Europe as an organisation; 

C. strengthening the rule of law; 

D. internet governance, including freedom of expression on the internet; 

E. combating discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity; 

F. streamlining the Council of Europe’s activities in support of local and regional democracy. 

In addition to these priorities, the UK Chairmanship will of course work to progress other areas of important Council of Europe business. 

Calendar of events 

17-19 November 2011: Experts’ conference on a 2020 Vision for the European Court of Human Rights. Wilton Park. 

March 2012 (date to be confirmed): Meeting of the member states and the Venice Commission on the Rule of Law. Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London. 

April 2012 (date and venue to be confirmed): Ministerial meeting on Reform of the European Court of Human Rights. 

14 May 2012: Committee of Ministers meeting – handover from United Kingdom to Albania, Strasbourg 

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