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

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

Third Report Submitted by Bosnia and Herzegovina Pursuant to Article 25, Paragraph 2 of the Framework convention for the Protection of National Minorities

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

Third Opinion on the Czech Republic, adopted on 1 July 2011

19 March 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 Bulgaria on the Third Opinion of the Advisory Committee on the Implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Bulgaria

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

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

1 December 2011 | Publisher: Council of Europe: Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities | Document type: Country Reports

Advisory Commitee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities - Third Opinion on Denmark adopted on 31 March 2011

1 December 2011 | Publisher: Council of Europe: Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities | Document type: Country Reports

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

21 November 2011 | Publisher: Council of Europe: Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities | Document type: States Parties Reports

Advisory Commitee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities - Third Opinion on Estonia adopted on 1 April 2011

7 November 2011 | Publisher: Council of Europe: Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities | Document type: Country Reports

Comments of the Government of Estonia on the Third Opinion of the Advisory Committee on the Implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Estonia (received on 30 September 2011)

7 November 2011 | Publisher: Council of Europe: Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities | Document type: Country Reports

Advisory Commitee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities - Third Opinion on Slovenia adopted on 31 March 2011

28 October 2011 | Publisher: Council of Europe: Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities | Document type: Country Reports

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