Non-Governmental Organisations



Strasbourg, 11 January 2013

of the meeting of Monday 23 January 2013
from 9.30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
in room G03, Agora

1. Opening of the meeting, Annelise Oeschger, Chair of the Human Rights Committee
2. Draft agenda for adoption
3. Draft synopsis of the meeting of 25 June 2012 [CONF/HR(2012)SYN2] for adoption
4. Follow-up to the Conference on “Building Europe through Human Rights: Acting Together against Extreme Poverty” and the Declaration on “Acting together to eradicate extreme poverty in Europe” of 17 October 2012: discussion and adoption of a resolution

Presentation of the Guiding Principles on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights of the UN Human Rights Council, Wouter van Ginneken, ATD Fourth World

5. Changes in legislation and working conditions for NGOs in Russia: information and exchange, Daria Miloslavskaya, Chair of the Board of the Russian NGO, Lawyers for Civil Society, member of Russia’s Civil Chamber

6. Report on “Human Rights and Religions”: presentation of the results of the work and the draft recommendation and discussion, François Becker, leader of the Working Group

7. Changes in the situation with regard to torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment in the Council of Europe member states: presentation, discussion and adoption of a draft recommendation - Sylvie Bukhari, President of the FIACAT
Explanatory report by FIACAT

8. The negative impact of Europe’s economic, social and political problems on human rights and the existence of NGOs: opening of the discussion, Taras Poljanec, Rapporteur of the Conference of INGOs

9. The representation of the Conference of INGOs in the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH): presentation and discussion of priorities, Marc Leyenberger, INGO representative in the CDDH

10. The representation of the Conference of INGOs in the Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI): Discussion on the priorities, Gabriel Nissim, INGO representative in the CDMSI

11. European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC) and the Council of Europe Conference of Ministers of Justice (Vienna, Austria, 19-21 September 2012): Gérard Greneron, Vice-Chair of the Human Rights Committee, INGO representative in the CDPC

12. Proposal for a toolkit (in French only) for the full implementation of human rights at national level: preparation of a questionnaire, Stéphanie Bourgeois, co-ordinator

13. Report on the 56th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and information on the 57th session on the Violence against Women, Anje Wiersinga (IAW) and Renée Gérard (UWE)

14. News from the Committee’s Working Groups

    - European Social Charter: Preparation of the hearing by the Governmental Committee (questionnaire) and mobilisation for collective complaints, Marie-José Schmitt, Vice-Chair of the Human Rights Committee and leader of the Working Group

    - Violence against the elderly and human rights: Elaboration of a Charter for the legal protection of vulnerable elderly people, Alain Koskas, leader of the Working Group

    - Presentation of the new Working Group: Preventing and combating violence against women, domestic violence and trafficking in human beings, Betty Doornenbal, gender equality expert

15. Other business