From 1 to 2 June, for the first time Riga hosted the meeting of the Bureau of the Steering Committee for Human Rights of the Council of Europe. The meeting was chaired by Kristine Līcis, Director General for Legal Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Government Agent of Latvia before the European Court of Human Rights, who is serving as chairperson of the Steering Committee for Human Rights this year. The event was organised in Riga in the context of the Latvia`s chairmanship of the Council of Europe of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers.
As part of the meeting, the Bureau prepared for the plenary session of the Steering Committee for Human Rights, which will take place on 27-30 June 2023, by adopting the draft agenda, which includes topics related to the accession of the European Union to the European Convention on Human Rights, further work of the Drafting Group on Human Rights and the Environment, as well as the protection of human rights of members of the armed forces, and the protection of human rights in situations of crisis.
The Council of Europe Steering Committee for Human Rights is an inter-governmental mechanism that advises and gives its legal expertise to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in the field of human rights. The Steering Committee meets biannually for plenary sessions. The Bureau decides on the organisation of the Committee’s work.