Noy 14 , 2015 - 10:54 / Məruzələr
Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights
Capitalising on the Council of Europe’s acquis of conventions and promoting them to non-member States has the potential of boosting the profile of the Organisation, its political dimension and its ability to secure its place as guardian of human rights and democracy, not only in Europe, but also in the new sphere of freedoms currently expanding around its borders.
Only 41 of the 213 Council of Europe conventions are effectively closed to non-member States, but very few of these States have in fact ratified the Organisation’s instruments which are open to them.
Globalisation has had an effect on the Council of Europe’s normative work as many of its conventions deal with issues which concern not only the territory of its member States, but potentially have a global reach. These issues include the fight against terrorism, money laundering and the financing of terrorism, human trafficking, the sexual exploitation of children and cybercrime. That is why, subject to some conditions, some conventions should be open to participation by non-member States.
Bearing the above in mind, it is important that the Council of Europe maintains its high standards and that these are not compromised by States which do not share them as regards existing conventions which are open or to be opened to accession by non-member States and with regard to future conventions.
A. Draft resolution(open)
B. Draft recommendation(open)
C. Explanatory memorandum by Mr Huseynov, rapporteur(open)
- Mr Guy De Vel, former Director General of Legal Affairs, Council of Europe
- Mr Rolf Fife Einar, Director General of the Department for Legal Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway