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Two decades of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

Two decades of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

2.2.2015 | Ľudské práva

On February 1 we have commemorated the 20th anniversary of opening The Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities for signature by the member States of the Council of Europe.

The Slovak Republic, one of the first parties to ratify the Framework Convention, highly appreciates its contribution to the effective protection and promotion of the rights of persons belonging to the national minorities and to the strengthening of cooperation among European democracies on the basis of objective standards. As a State Party of the Framework Convention, Slovakia conducts a vivid dialogue with the Advisory Committee responsible for providing an analysis on minority legislation and practice within the monitoring system of evaluation.

The 20 past years have proven the relevance of the Framework Convention on a pan-European level, reflected in its influence on raising the level of minority protection. Recent development in Europe has even more stressed the role and its importance in respecting all legally-binding multilateral instruments, including the ones on minority protection.

The Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities has so far been ratified by 39 European states and signed by four more.