The Steering Committee on Human Rights (CDDH) has been entrusted by the Committee of Ministers with the task of conducting a study on the impact of current national legislation, policies and practices on the activities of civil society organisations, human rights defenders and national institutions for the promotion and protection of human rights, and identifying the best national practices to protect and promote the civil society space. 

On this basis, the CDDH will be called to submit in 2018-2019 proposals for a non-binding legal instrument of the Committee of Ministers and for a Guide of good practices. 


Background Documentation

  • Terms of reference 2018-2019
  • The Recommendation CM/Rec(2018)11 of the Committee of Ministers to member States on the need to strengthen the protection and promotion of civil society space in Europe was adopted by the Committee of Ministers at the 1330th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies, on 28 November 2018.