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Council of Europe: Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

The Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities of 1994 entered into force on 1 February 1998. Thirty-nine States are currently Party1 to it. Although not the only instrument to be developed within the Council of Europe relevant to the protection of national minorities, the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities is certainly the most comprehensive document in this area. Indeed, it is the first ever legally binding multilateral instrument devoted to the protection of national minorities in general. The Framework Convention sets out principles to be respected as well as goals to be achieved by the Contracting Parties, in order to ensure the protection of persons belonging to national minorities, whilst fully respecting the principles of territorial integrity and political independence of States. The principles contained in the Framework Convention have to be implemented through national legislation and appropriate governmental policies. It is also envisaged that these provisions can be implemented through bilateral and multilateral treaties. Website: www.coe.int/minorities
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Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities - Third Opinion on Ukraine, Adopted on 22 March 2012

28 March 2013 | Publisher: Council of Europe: Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities | Document type: Country Reports

Third Report Submitted by Serbia Pursuant to Article 25, Paragraph 2 of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

14 March 2013 | Publisher: Council of Europe: Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities | Document type: Country Reports

Third Report Submitted by Poland Pursuant to Article 25, Paragraph 2 of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

13 December 2012 | Publisher: Council of Europe: Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities | Document type: Country Reports

Third Report Submitted by Bulgaria Pursuant to Article 25, Paragraph 2 of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

23 November 2012 | Publisher: Council of Europe: Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities | Document type: Country Reports

Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities - Third Opinion on Romania, Adopted on 21 March 2012

5 October 2012 | Publisher: Council of Europe: Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities | Document type: Country Reports

Second Report Submitted by the Netherlands pursuant to Article 25, Paragraph 2 of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

19 September 2012 | Publisher: Council of Europe: Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities | Document type: Country Reports

Second Report Submitted by Latvia pursuant to Article 25, Paragraph 2 of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

3 September 2012 | Publisher: Council of Europe: Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities | Document type: Country Reports

Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities: Comments of the Government of the Russian Federation on the Third Opinion of the Advisory Committee on the Implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by the Russian Federation

25 July 2012 | Publisher: Council of Europe: Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities | Document type: Country Reports

Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities: Third Opinion on the Russian Federation Adopted on 24 November 2011

25 July 2012 | Publisher: Council of Europe: Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities | Document type: Country Reports

Resolution CM/ResCMN(2012)11 on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Norway

4 July 2012 | Publisher: Council of Europe: Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities | Document type: Resolutions/Recommendations/Declarations

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