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

13 April 2010 | Publisher: Council of Europe: Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities | Document type: States Parties Reports

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

9 April 2010 | 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 Liechtenstein, adopted on 26 June 2009

31 March 2010 | Publisher: Council of Europe: Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities | Document type: Country Reports

Third Report Submitted by Denmark Pursuant to Article 25, Paragraph 1 of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

30 March 2010 | Publisher: Council of Europe: Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities | Document type: States Parties Reports

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

23 March 2010 | Publisher: Council of Europe: Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities | Document type: States Parties Reports

Third Report Submitted by The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Pursuant to Article 25, Paragraph 1 of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

11 March 2010 | Publisher: Council of Europe: Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities | Document type: Country Reports

Third Report Submitted by Finland Pursuant to Article 25, Paragraph 1 of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

17 February 2010 | 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 - Opinion on the Netherlands, Adopted on 25 June 2009

17 February 2010 | Publisher: Council of Europe: Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities | Document type: Country Reports

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

17 February 2010 | Publisher: Council of Europe: Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities | Document type: Country Reports

European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages: Application of the Charter in the Montenegro

20 January 2010 | Publisher: Council of Europe: Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities | Document type: Country Reports

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