Non-Governmental Organisations



Strasbourg, le 22 December 2008

Monday 26 January from 2.30 pm to 5.45 pm
Room 2, Palais de l’Europe

    1. Opening

    2. Adoption of the agenda

    3. Approval of the synopsis of the meeting held on 2 October 2008 [CONF/HR(2008)SYN1]

    4. Racism and discrimination : Durban Review Conference

- Update on the preparation of the Geneva Conference (to review the Durban Conference)

- Reactions to the joint statement by the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency and the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights – comments and input from INGOs in the Human Rights Committee Link to the joint statement

- Contribution to be proposed to the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe LINK TO THE QUESTIONNAIRE FOR THE MEETING

5. Organisation of the committe’s work in 2009

- Appointment of a rapporteur
- Appointment of ‘representatives’ for :
i. The Social Charter,
ii. Human Rights education,
iii.Elderly people’s rights
iv.Relations with the EU Fundamental Rights Agency

- Establishment of specialist working groups :

    v. Children and human rights – Preparation of the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

vi.Monitoring unit on ecconomic and social rights
vii.Cultural diversity and human rights

- Preparation of the ministerial conference on the media
- Relations with the steering committees, Parliamentary Assembly committees, the Congress and other Council of Europe bodies (ECRI, etc. )

6. French name of the committee (“Commission des droits humains” or “Commission des droits de l’homme” (cf. Synopsis of October meeting, item 3)

7. Human rights education (in co-operation with the Culture, Science and Education Committee)

8. Other business