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Strasbourg, 27 February 2014

CDDH(2014)OJ001

STEERING COMMITTEE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
(CDDH)

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DRAFT ANNOTATED AGENDA
AND ORDER OF BUSINESS

(subject to changes the Bureau
could introduce at its meeting on 27 March 2014)

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80th meeting

Tuesday 8 April (3 p.m.) – Thursday 10 April 2014 (closing: 1 p.m.)

Oslo (Norway)

Håndverkeren Kurs- og Konferansesenter
Rosenkrantzgate 7

PREPARATION OF THE 80th MEETING OF THE CDDH
(8-10 April 2014)

1. This document should be read in light of the report of the 90th meeting of the Bureau (27 March 2014, CDDH-BU(2014) R90).

REFERENCE DOCUMENTS FOR ALL ITEMS :

Draft annotated agenda and order of business

CDDH(2014)OJ001

Report of the 90th meeting of the Bureau (Prague, 27 March 2014)

CDDH-BU(2014)R90

Report of the 79th meeting of the CDDH (26-29 November 2013)

CDDH(2013)R79

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ITEM 1: OPENING OF THE MEETING, ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA AND ORDER OF BUSINESS

2. See report of the 90th meeting of the Bureau.

ITEM 2: POSSIBLE COMMENTS ON RECOMMENDATIONS

Texts of the relevant recommendations

CDDH(2014)001

Draft comments and opinion prepared by the Bureau (Prague, 27 March 2014)

CDDH-BU(2014)R90 Appendix

2.1 Draft Recommendation of the CDCPP

3. At their 1189th meeting (22 January 2014), the Ministers’ Deputies agreed to communicate the draft Recommendation of the Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape (CDCPP) on intercultural integration to the CDDH for opinion by 31 May 2014. The CDDH is invited to exchange views on this text and to adopt an opinion on it, in the light of the draft prepared by the Bureau at its 90th meeting (27 March 2014, CDDH-BU(2014)R90, Appendix…).

    2.2 Recommendations of the Parliamentary Assembly

4. At their 1191th meeting (12 February 2014), the Ministers’ Deputies decided to communicate Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 2037 (2014) – “Accountability of international organisations for human rights violations” to the CDDH, for information and possible comments by 18 April 2014. The CDDH is invited to exchange views on this text and to decide if appropriate to adopt comments pertaining on it, in the light of the draft prepared by the Bureau at its 90th meeting (27 March 2014, CDDH-BU(2014)R90, Appendix…).

5. The texts of draft Recommendation of the CDCPP and Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 2037 (2014) appear in document CDDH (2014)001.

ITEM 3: REFORM OF THE COURT (DH-GDR)

3.1 Completed work

6. At their 1190th meeting (5 February 2014), the Ministers’ Deputies:

    (i) took note of the CDDH’s report on whether more effective measures are needed in respect of States that fail to implement Court judgments in a timely manner. The Deputies agreed to transmit this report to the Court for information and possible comments on the proposals concerning or affecting the Court (cf. paragraphs 12-14 and 25-31 of the report). Furthermore, the Deputies instructed the CDDH to pursue its examination of the question of the execution of judgments and their supervision in the context of its work on the longer-term future of the Convention system and the Court;

    (ii) 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. The Deputies agreed to transmit this report to the Parliamentary Assembly and to the Court for information and possible comments;

    (iii) endorsed the conclusions of the CDDH on the question of whether or not to amend the Convention to enable the appointment of additional judges to the Court.

3.2 Ongoing work

Report of the 5th meeting of the Committee of experts on the reform of the Court (29-31 October 2013)

DH-GDR(2013)R5

Report of the 1st meeting of the GT-GDR-G (12-14 February 2014)

GT-GDR-G(2014)R1

Report of the 1st meeting of the GT-GDR-F (19-21 March 2014)

GT-GDR-F(2014)R1

7. The ongoing work within drafting Groups “F” and “G” of the DH-GDR will be presented briefly to the CDDH. It is recalled that:

    - the 1st meeting of Group “G” (on the procedure for the amendment of the Rules of Court and the possible “upgrading” to the Convention of certain provisions of the Rules of the Court) was held on 12-14 February 2014 (document GT-GDR-G(2014)R1) under the chairmanship of Mr Vit A. SCHORM (Czech Republic);

    - the 1st meeting of Group “F” (on the longer term reform) was held on 19-21 March 2014 (document GT-GDR-F(2014)R1) under the chairmanship of Mr Martin KUIJER (The Netherlands). At this stage, the CDDH is invited to pronounce itself only on the working methods suggested by the Group, in view of the substantive work it will undertake at its next meetings;

    - the completed work of drafting Groups “F” and “G” will be examined by the DH-GDR at its 6th meeting (4-6 June 2014);

    - the proposals of the DH-GDR on this issue will be examined by the CDDH at its 81st meeting (24-27 June 2014).

3.3 Conference on the longer-term future of the European Court of human rights

8. The CDDH is invited to hold a general exchange of views on the Conference, it being understood that it remains for drafting Group “F” and then for the DH-GDR to formulate concrete proposals, to be examined by the CDDH at its 81st meeting (24-27 June 2014).

3.4 Further issues

9. At this stage, the CDDH is invited to take note of the following decision of the Ministers’ Deputies:

    - Follow-up to the Brighton Declaration – At their 1190th meeting (5 February 2014), the Deputies agreed to extend until 31 December 2014 the deadline given to member States to report directly 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 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.

ITEM 4: DEVELOPMENT AND PROMOTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS

4.1 Completed work

10. At their 1192nd meeting (19-21 February 2012), the Ministers’ Deputies adopted draft Recommendation CM/Rec(2014)2 of the Committee of Ministers to member States on the promotion of human rights of older persons, transmitted by the CDDH last November. The Recommendation will be presented at the United Nations’ Social Forum (Geneva, 1-3 April 2014) which will have as its theme this year the rights of older persons.

    4.2 Corporate social responsibility in the field of human rights

Report of the 2nd meeting of the CDDH-CORP (12-14 February 2014)

CDDH-CORP(2014)R2


11. [At their […] meeting (… 2014)1, the Ministers’ Deputies adopted the draft Declaration of the Committee of Ministers on the United Nations’ Guiding Principles on business and human rights, on the basis of the text transmitted by the CDDH following its 79th meeting (26-29 November 2013).]

12. The Chairman of the drafting Group on corporate social responsibility in the field of human rights (CDDH-CORP), Mr René LEFEBER (The Netherlands), will present the work completed by the Group at its 2nd meeting (12-14 February 2014). Based on a new document reflecting the guidance given by the CDDH at its 79th meeting (26-29 November 2013) and the comments and proposals made by participants and observers to the CDDH and to the CDDH-CORP, the Group has defined more precisely the priority issues, in view of preparing a future Council of Europe non-binding instrument(s) on human rights and business, and identified those questions on which the CDDH is invited to give guidance, in view of the 3rd meeting of the CDDH-CORP (24-26 September 2014).

13. Furthermore, the Chairman of the CDDH-CORP will give a brief report to the CDDH on his participation as representative of the CDDH to the United Nations Forum on human rights and business (Geneva, 2-4 December 2013).

    4.3 Human rights in culturally diverse societies

Report of the 1st meeting of the CDDH-DC (24-25 March 2014)

CDDH-DC(2014)R1

14. Pursuant to the mandate of the Committee of Ministers on the issue of human rights in culturally diverse societies for the 2014-2015 biennium, the CDDH decided last November to create a compendium of current standards and best practices, as well as guidelines.

15. Regarding the preparation of the compendium of current standards and best practices relating to the principles of freedom of thought, conscience and religion and the link with other Convention rights, in particular freedom of expression, the Chair of the drafting Group on Human Rights in Culturally Diverse Societies (CDDH-DC) will present the work from the 1st meeting (24-25 March 2014). The CDDH is invited to exchange views on the approach proposed by the CDDH-DC and to give possible guidance for the continuation of its work. It is recalled that the CDDH-DC will meet once or twice at the most in this composition and will also carry out its work by electronic means. The results of its work will be submitted to the CDDH for examination and possible adoption at its 82nd meeting (18-21 November 2014).

16. As regards the later elaboration of guidelines on the promotion and protection of human rights in culturally diverse societies, with a possible specific focus on the issues related to human rights education and training, the CDDH agreed last November that this work might be carried out by a larger drafting group, composed of experts from member States and observers, to be set up at its next meeting (April 2014) in order to begin its work in the second semester of 2014. To this effect, the CDDH is invited to proceed with the election of the twelve members whose participation will be covered by the budget of the Organisation, it being understood that any member State may send an expert at its expense. Prior to proceeding with this election on Wednesday 9 April, the CDDH will be invited to decide if, so as to facilitate the organisation of this work, the seven current members of drafting Group CDDH-DC2 should also be members of the new group, in which case the election will be for five places. The Chairperson will be designated by the group. Three meetings are foreseen, in view of the finalisation of the work by the CDDH in November 2015 at the latest.

    4.4 Future work

17. It is recalled that last November, the CDDH decided to ask the Secretariat to prepare a preliminary study on existing standards and outstanding issues, for consideration at its 81st meeting (June 2014) and to hold, at this same meeting, an exchange of views with an expert, with a view to the elaboration of the feasibility study and of its submission to the CDDH in November 2014. The CDDH will be invited to decide on the expert to invite, based on the proposals which will be made by the Secretariat. As regards the identification of new themes on the development and promotion of human rights in the Council of Europe that the CDDH could carry out in the 2016-2017 biennium, it is recalled that CDDH agreed to return to the issue during a preliminary exchange of views in November 2014, or at its first meeting in 2015.

ITEM 5: BIOETHICS (DH-BIO)

Information document

18. The Guide on the decision-making process regarding medical treatment in end-of-life situations was communicated, for information, by the CDDH to the Committee of Ministers. It will be published under the responsibility of the Committee on Bioethics (DH-BIO).

19. A succinct information document on the ongoing work of the DH-BIO will be sent to all CDDH participants in view of the meeting in April (DH-BIO(2014)002). In the light of this information, the Secretary of the DH-BIO, Mrs Laurence LWOFF, will exchange views with the CDDH in April. Will be presented, in particular, the ongoing work in view of a draft Additional Protocol to the Oviedo Convention3 relating to the protection of human rights and dignity of persons with mental disorders with regard to involuntary placement and involuntary treatment. The vice-Chairman of the CDDH, Mr Frank SCHÜRMANN (Switzerland), will also participate in this presentation, as expert participating in the drafting group on this instrument.

ITEM 6: YOUNG PEOPLE’S ACCESS TO FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS

Information document

20. At its 78th meeting (25-28 June 2013), the CDDH expressed, in the context of its comments on the Parliamentary Assembly’s Recommendation 2015(2013) – “Young people’s access to fundamental rights” - its availability to contribute to the elaboration of a non-binding instrument aiming at improving access of young people to fundamental rights “by means of a consultation or of the participation of a CDDH representative in its elaboration by the competent Committee(s)”.

21. The CDDH is invited to exchange views on the modalities of this cooperation with the Advisory Council on Youth (CCJ), in the light of the proposals made by the Bureau at its 90th meeting (27 March 2014, CDDH-BU(2014)R90).

ITEM 7: EXPERTS REPRESENTING THE CDDH IN OTHER BODIES

Information provided by the experts

CDDH(2014)004

22. The following experts represented the CDDH in the meetings/events of since the meeting last November.4 They will report in writing to the CDDH and give a brief oral presentation at the meeting in April:

    - Mr René LEFEBER (The Netherlands) - UN Forum on Human Rights and Business (Geneva, 2-4 December 2013);

    - Mrs Kristine LICE (Latvia) – 5th meeting of the Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI, 3-6 December 2013) and 1st meeting of the Committee of Experts on protection of journalism and safety of journalists (MSI-JO, 3-4 March 2014);

    - Mr Morten RUUD (Norway) – 88th meeting of the European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ, 16-18 December 2013);

    - Mr Joan FORNER ROVIRA (Andorra) – High-level Conference on the implementation of the Council of Europe Strategy for the Rights of the Child 2012-2015 “Growing with Children’s Rights” (Dubrovnik, 27-28 March 2014).

23. A summary table showing the meetings and events of the various bodies in 2014 and experts nominated by the CDDH to participate in these if required by the agenda appears at Appendix I.

ITEM 8: EXCHANGE OF VIEWS WITH PERSONALITIES

24. It is foreseen that the CDDH will exchange views in April with the following personalities:

    - Mr Andreas FØLLESDAL, Director of PluriCourts, Tuesday 8 April 2014, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

- Ambassador Drahoslav ŠTEFÁNEK, Permanent Representative of the Slovak Republic, Chair of the Ministers' Deputies Rapporteur Group on Human Rights (GR-H), Wednesday 9 April 2014 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

25. At this stage, Mr Lətif HÜSEYNOV, Chairman of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) has confirmed his availability to meet with the CDDH in June or in November. The Secretariat will inform as soon as possible the CDDH of the availability of further personalities selected last November by the steering Committee for an exchange of views at one or other of its next meetings.5

ITEM 9: CALENDAR OF MEETINGS

26. The calendar as adopted at the 79th meeting (November 2013) appears at Appendix III of the present document. [The calendar including proposals made by the Bureau appears in the report of its 90th meeting (27 March 2014, CDDH-BU(2014)R90, Appendix …).

ITEM 10: REVIEW OF COUNCIL OF EUROPE CONVENTIONS

Review of Council of Europe Conventions

27. With regard to the review of Council of Europe Conventions, the CDDH instructed the Secretariat to obtain information from the members of the steering Committee on the prospects of their governments’ ratifying Protocols No. 15 and 16. Information received appears in document CDDH(2014)005. The CDDH is invited to examine the answers.

28. The CDDH is also invited to decide the modalities of the review of the two European Agreements relating to persons participating in proceedings of the European (Commission and) Court of Human Rights (CETS No. 67 and 161 respectively; document CDDH (2014)005).

ITEM 11: CDDH WORK BEYOND THE CURRENT BIENNIUM

Document from the Secretariat

      CDDH(2014)006

29. Beyond the identification of new themes concerning the development and promotion of human rights in the Council of Europe which the CDDH could address during the 2016-2017 biennium (as foreseen in the mandate given to the CDDH by the Committee of Ministers; see above item 4.4), the steering Committee is invited to exchange preliminary views on how it might envisage its role and priorities over the course of the next biennium, considering the evolution of its current work and the challenges arising for the Council of Europe. The Secretariat’s document CDDH(2014)006 contains preliminary succinct information and elements for this exchange of views.

ITEM 12: OTHER BUSINESS

30. The representative of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC / CES), Mr Klaus LÖRCHER, expressed the wish to be authorized to participate in items 2, 3, 4 and 8 of the April meeting of the CDDH. Following the procedure adopted by the CDDH relevant to requests for participation on an ad hoc basis,6 the Bureau will decide on this request at its meeting on 27 March 2014.

ITEM 13: DRAFT ORDER OF BUSINESS

Tuesday 8 April

Wednesday 9 April

Thursday 10 April

 

9:30 - 11:45 a.m.

9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

 

Items
3 - (continuation)
3.1 Completed work
3.2 Ongoing work
3.3 Exchange of views on the Conference
3.4 Further issues

Items
5 -DH-BIO
10 - Conventions
6 - Young People’s access to fundamental rights
7 - Representatives
11 - CDDH work beyond the biennium
12 - Other business
9 - Calendar
Adoption of the conclusions of the meeting

11:45 - 1 p.m.

8 - Invitee
Exchange of views with the Chairman of the GR-H

Lunch break

3 - 4:30 p.m.
Points
1 - Opening
3 - Reform, DH-GDR
8 - Invitee
Exchange of views with the Director of Pluricourts

*********************5 - 6 p.m.
Bureau meeting
*********************

2:30 - 6 p.m.
Items
4 - HR development
4.1 Completed work
4.2 CDDH-CORP
4.3 CDDH-DC
4.4 Future work

2 - Recommendations

 

Appendix I

Meetings / events in 2014 in which CDDH representatives/experts
could participate depending on the relevance of the agenda and of their own availability

MARCH

   

3-4 (Strasbourg)


11 (Paris)

20-21 (Strasbourg)

21-22 (Venice)


27-28 (Dubrovnik)


31 March-1st April (Paris)

Committee of the CDMSI of experts on protection of journalism and safety of journalists (MSI-JO)

Drafting Group of the DH-BIO for a preliminary draft of additional Protocol on the protection of the dignity and fundamental rights of persons with mental disorders with regard to involuntary treatment and placement

Committee of Legal Advisers on Public International Law (CAHDI)

European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission)

Conference on the implementation of the CoE Strategy for the Rights of the Child 2012-2015

Drafting Group of the DH-BIO

Ms Kristine LICE (Latvia)

Mr Frank SCHÜRMANN (Switzerland) as expert within the group, not as representative of the CDDH

Mr Roeland BÖCKER (The Netherlands)

Mr Arto KOSONEN (Finland)

Mr Joan FORNER ROVIRA (Andorra)

Mr Frank SCHÜRMANN (Switzerland)

APRIL

2-4 (Strasbourg)

28-30 (Strasbourg)

European Committee for Social Cohesion, Human Dignity and Equality (CDDECS)

Ad Hoc Committee of the Consultative Committee of the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data (T-PD), CAHDATA

Ms Nataliia SHAKURO (Ukraine)

Ms Brigitte OHMS (Austria)

MAY

5-7 (Strasbourg)

6-7 (Strasbourg)

20-23 (Strasbourg)

(TBC)

Committee on Bioethics (DH-BIO)

Committee of Experts on Terrorism (CODEXTER)

Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI)

Drafting Group of the DH-BIO

Ms Brigitte KONZ (Luxembourg)

Mr Rob LINHAM (United Kingdom)

Ms Kristine LICE (Latvia)

Mr Frank SCHÜRMANN (Switzerland)

JUNE

2-4 (Strasbourg)

T-PD

Ms Brigitte OHMS (Austria)

JULY

3-4 (Baku)

European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ)

Mr Vít A. SCHORM (Czech Republic)

SEPTEMBER

24-26 (Strasbourg)

Fall (TBC)]

CAHDATA

Drafting Group of the DH-BIO

Ms Brigitte OHMS (Austria)

Mr Frank SCHÜRMANN (Switzerland)

OCTOBER

29-31 (Strasbourg)

European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ)

Mr Morten RUUD (Norway)

NOVEMBER

12-14 (Strasbourg)

18-21 (Strasbourg)

19-21 (Strasbourg)

DH-BIO

CDMSI

CDDECS

Ms Brigitte KONZ (Luxembourg)

Ms Kristine LICE (Latvia)

Ms Nataliia SHAKURO (Ukraine)

DECEMBER

10-11 (Strasbourg)

11-12 (Strasbourg)

Committee of the Parties to the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (“the Lanzarote Committee”)

CEPEJ

Mr Joan FORNER ROVIRA (Andorra)

Mr Vít A. SCHORM (Czech Republic)

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Appendix II

Composition of the Bureau and chairmanship of various bodies

BUREAU DU CDDH

END OF THE MANDATE

REFERENCES

Mr Vít A. SCHORM (Czech Republic), Chair

31 December 2014
(elected for 1 year renewable once)

79th meeting of the CDDH
(November 2013)

Mr Frank SCHÜRMANN (Switzerland),
Vice-Chair

31 December 2014
(elected for 1 year not renewable)

79th meeting of the CDDH
(November 2013)

Mr Hans-Jörg BEHRENS (Germany), Member

31 December 2014
(elected for 2 years renewable once)

76th meeting of the CDDH
(November 2012)

Ms Maris KUURBERG (Estonia), Member

31 December 2014
(elected for 2 years renewable once)

76th meeting of the CDDH
(November 2012)

Mr Philippe WERY (Belgium),
Member

31 December 2014
(elected for 2 years not renewable)

76th meeting of the CDDH
(November 2012)

Mr Vladislav ERMAKOV (Russian Federation), Member

31 December 2015
(elected for 2 years not renewable)

79th meeting of the CDDH
(November 2013)

Ms Brigitte OHMS (Austria), Member

31 December 2015
(elected for 2 years renewable once)

79th meeting of the CDDH
(November 2013)

Mr Levon AMIRJANYAN (Armenia), Member

31 December 2015
(elected for 2 years not renewable)

79th meeting of the CDDH (November 2013)

DH-GDR
Mr Morten RUUD (Norway), Chair

31 December 2014
(elected for 1 year renewable once)

79th meeting of the CDDH
(November 2013)

GT-GDR-F
Mr Martin KUIJER (The Netherlands), Chair

31 December 2014
(elected for 1 year renewable once)

79th meeting of the CDDH
(November 2013)

GT-GDR-G
Mr Vít A. SCHORM (Czech Republic), Chair

31 December 2014
(elected for 1 year renewable once)

1st meeting of the GT-GDR-G
(February 2014)

DH-BIO
Dr Anne FORUS (Norway), Chair

31 December 2014
(elected for 1 year not renewable)

79th meeting of the CDDH
(November 2013)

CDDH-CORP
Mr René LEFEBER (The Netherlands), Chair

31 December 2014
(term of office renewable once for 1 year)

78th meeting of the CDDH
(June 2013)

Appendix III

      Calendar of meetings of the CDDH and subordinate bodies

First Semester 2014

1st meeting of Drafting Group “G” of the DH-GDR
(GT-GDR-G)

 

12-14 February

2nd meeting of Drafting Group on Human Rights and Business  (CDDH-CORP)

 

12-14 February

1st meeting of Drafting Group “F” on the Reform of the Court (GT-GDR-F – longer-term reform)

 

19-21 March

1st meeting of Drafting Group on Human Rights in Culturally Diverse Societies (CDDH-DC)

 

24-25 March

90th meeting of the Bureau of the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH-BU)

 

Prague, 27 March

Conference on the longer-term reform of the Court

 

Oslo, 7 April-
8 April ( morning)

80th meeting of the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH)

 

Oslo, 8 April
(afternoon) – 10 April (morning)

5e meeting of the Committee on Bioethics (DH-BIO)

 

5-7 May

2nd meeting of Drafting Group “F” on the Reform of the Court (GT-GDR-F – longer-term reform)

 

14-16 May

6th meeting of the Committee of experts on the Reform of the Court (DH-GDR)

 

4-6 June

91st meeting of the Bureau of the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH-BU)

 

12-13 June

81st meeting of the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH)

 

24-27 June

Second Semester 2014

3rd meeting of Drafting Group “F” on the Reform of the Court (GT-GDR-F – longer-term reform)

 

24-26 September

3rd meeting of Drafting Group on Human Rights and Business  (CDDH-CORP)

 

24-26 September

2nd meeting of Drafting Group on Human Rights in Culturally Diverse Societies (CDDH-DC)

 

[7]8-10 October

2nd meeting of Drafting Group “G” of the DH-GDR
(GT-GDR-G)

 

15-17 October

7th meeting of the Committee of experts on the Reform of the Court (DH-GDR)

 

5-7 November

6e meeting of the Committee on Bioethics (DH-BIO)

 

[12-14 November]

92nd meeting of the Bureau of the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH-BU)

 

13-14 November

82nd meeting of the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH)

 

18- 21 November

[4th meeting of Drafting Group “F” on the Reform of the Court (GT-GDR-F – longer-term reform)]

 

[mid-December]

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1 The text will initially be examined at the meeting of the Rapporteur Group to the Ministers’ Deputies on Human Rights (GR-H) on 20 March 2014.

2 Czech Republic, France, Finland, Greece, Poland, Turkey and Ukraine.

3 Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Dignity of Human Beings with regard to the Application of Biology and Medicine (Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine, or Oviedo Convention).

4 Regarding the work of the drafting group of the DH-BIO and discussions pertaining thereto at the previous plenary meeting of the DH-BIO, Mr Frank SCHÜRMANN (Switzerland) participated not as a representative of the CDDH, but as a member expert of the drafting group (see above, paragraph 19). [Finally, the respective agendas did not require the participation of Mr Roeland BÖCKER (The Netherlands) at the 47th meeting of the Committee of Legal Advisers on Public International Law , CAHDI (20-21 March 2014), nor that of Mr Arto KOSONEN (Finland) at the 98th plenary session of the European Commission for Democracy through Law, Venice Commission (21-22 March 2014).]


5 As a reminder, the Director of the European Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA); a representative of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights of the United Nations (OHCHR); the President of the Ad hoc Working Party on reform of the Human Rights Convention system (GT-REF.ECHR).

6 It is recalled that, at its 76th meeting (27-30 November 2012, CDDH(2012)R76, paragraph 49) the CDDH decided that “the request should be sent by the Secretariat to all experts of the CDDH for information; (ii) the decision will then be taken by the Bureau.”