The Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH) has been entrusted by the Committee of Ministers to undertake work in respect of the links between freedom of expression and other human rights. As a first step, it was called on to conduct an analysis of the relevant jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights and other Council of Europe instruments.

On this basis and following the work already carried out in promoting pluralism and tolerance and contributing to maintaining cohesive societies, the CDDH will prepare a Guide to good national practices on reconciling freedom of expression with other rights and freedoms, in particular in culturally diverse societies. The deadline for this work has been set on 31 December 2019.


Background information

Contributing partners

This activity is prepared by national experts from a selected number of member States in the Drafting Group on freedom of expression and links to other human rights (CDDH-EXP).

The activity also benefits from the active participation of:

  • non-governemental organisations, including the European Network of Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI), ARTICLE 19 and the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE).

At the Council of Europe level, the activity is carried out in co-ordination and co-operation with other relevant bodies involved in this field, in particular:

  • the Steering Committee on Media and information Society (CDMSI)
  • the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)
  • the European Roma and Traveller Forum
  • the Gender Equality Commission (GEC)
  • the Parliamentary Assembly (Committee on Equality and Non-discrimination)
  • the Conference of International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGOs)

Meeting documents

4th MEETING, 20-22 March 2019

3RD MEETING, 25-27 April 2018

2ND meeting, 27-29 september 2017

1st meeting, 22-23 March 2017