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Title: Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities
Available From: http://conventions.coe.int/Treaty/Commun/QueVoulezVous.asp?NT=157&CM=8&DF=6/26/05&CL=ENG
Conclusion Date: 1995-02-01
Entry Into Force Date: 1998-02-01
Description: This Council of Europe Treaty (No. 157) " is the first legally binding multilateral instrument concerned with the protection of national minorities in general. Its aim is to protect the existence of national minorities within the respective territories of the Parties. The Convention seeks to promote the full and effective equality of national minorities by creating appropriate conditions enabling them to preserve and develop their culture and to retain their identity. The Convention sets out principles relating to persons belonging to national minorities in the sphere of public life, such as freedom of peaceful assembly, freedom of association, freedom of expression, freedom of thought, conscience and religion, and access to the media, as well as in the sphere of freedoms relating to language, education, transfrontier co-operation, etc." (source of the summary is from the COE web site. This web site provides access to the text of the treaty, chart of signatures and ratifications, a list of declarations and reservations, and an explanatory report.
Legal Citation: ETS 157
EISIL Categories: Home > Individuals & Groups > Ethnic Groups, Minorities & Indigenous Peoples
Home > International Human Rights > Regional Systems > European System
Home > International Human Rights > Indigenous & Minority Rights
Keywords: cultural protection
human rights
minority rights
Language(s): English
French
German
Italian
Russian
Document Creator: Council of Europe
Treaty.Office@coe.int
Site Administrator: Treaty Office, Council of Europe
Treaty.Office@coe.int


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