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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 Lithuania Pursuant to Article 25, Paragraph 2 of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

21 September 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 - Second Opinion on Lithuania Adopted on 28 February 2008

4 July 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 Lithuania on the Second Opinion of the Adivisory Committee on the Implementaion of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Lithuania (received on 20 October 2008)

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

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

3 November 2006 | Publisher: Council of Europe: Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities | Document type: States Parties Reports

Comments of the Government of Lithuania on the Opinion of the Adivisory Committee on the Implementaion of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities in Lithuania

23 September 2003 | 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 Lithuania

21 February 2003 | Publisher: Council of Europe: Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities | Document type: Country Reports

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

31 October 2001 | Publisher: Council of Europe: Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities | Document type: States Parties Reports

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