Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH)

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  Terms of Reference

  Texts adopted
  Opinions by the CDDH
  Interim and Activity
    reports to the
    Committee of Ministers
  Simplified Amendment
    Procedure (DH-PS)

  Selection of
    Candidates (CDDH-SC)

Protection Procedures

  Development of Human
    Rights (DH-DEV)

  Fighting Impunity

  Length of proceedings

  Access to official
    documents (DH-S-AC)

  Accelerated asylum
    procedures (GT-DH-AS)

  Fight against terrorism

  Social rights
The Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH) is composed of representatives of the forty-seven member states of the Council of Europe. It defines policy and co-operation with regard to human rights and fundamental freedoms. The CDDH assumes in particular tasks which aim to develop and promote human rights, as well as to improve procedures for their protection at both national and European levels, constantly bearing in mind the evolution of the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights.

The CDDH holds plenary meetings as well as meetings in the framework of more specialised and smaller sub-committees, which it supervises and whose work it directs. These sub-committees can be committees of experts or ad hoc working groups. Their terms of reference are elaborated by the Steering Committee, with those of the committees of experts then being adopted by the Committee of Ministers. Sub-committees are of a non-permanent nature and are dissolved once they have completed their specific function, linked to a particular issue of the Steering Committee’s work.

The Steering Committee for Human Rights is assisted by a Bureau (CDDH-BU) and by a Secretariat.