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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 Azerbaijan adopted on 10 October 2012

3 September 2013 | Publisher: Council of Europe: Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities | Document type: Thematic Reports

Children without parental care: urgent need for action

15 July 2010 | Publisher: Council of Europe: Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities | Document type: Thematic Reports

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