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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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Comments by the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) on the Fourth Opinion of the Advisory Committee on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities in Kosovo

21 December 2017 | Publisher: Council of Europe: Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities | Document type: Commentaries

Fourth Report submitted by Bulgaria pursuant to Article 25, paragraph 2 of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

7 December 2017 | Publisher: Council of Europe: Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities | Document type: States Parties Reports

Fourth Opinion on Sweden – adopted on 22 June 2017

16 October 2017 | Publisher: Council of Europe: Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities | Document type: Country Reports

Fourth Opinion on Austria, adopted on 14 October 2016

14 October 2017 | Publisher: Council of Europe: Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities | Document type: Country Reports

Third Report submitted by Georgia pursuant to Article 25, paragraph 2 of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

12 July 2017 | Publisher: Council of Europe: Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities | Document type: Country Reports

Third Report submitted by Montenegro pursuant to Article 25, paragraph 2 of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

16 June 2017 | Publisher: Council of Europe: Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities | Document type: Country Reports

Comments of the Government of Norway on the Fourth Opinion of the Advisory Committee on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Norway - received on 24 May 2017

29 May 2017 | Publisher: Council of Europe: Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities | Document type: Country Reports

Statement by the Republic of Austria on the Opinion of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities during the 4th monitoring cycle

April 2017 | Publisher: Council of Europe: Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities | Document type: Speeches/Statements

Fourth Opinion on Kosovo – adopted on 8 March 2017

8 March 2017 | Publisher: Council of Europe: Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities | Document type: Country Reports

Fourth Opinion on the United Kingdom adopted on 25 May 2016

27 February 2017 | Publisher: Council of Europe: Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities | Document type: Country Reports

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