Seminar: International Legal Guarantees for the Protection of National Minorities and Problems in their Implementation, with a special focus on minority education

Strasbourg (France) 18 October 2006

 

Summary of discussions

Summary of discussions made by Patrick Thornberry, Professor of International Law, Keele University

Elements to the Conclusions of the seminar by M. A. Lebedev, Deputy Director, Department for Humanitarian Co-operation and Human Rights, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (also available in Russian)

Summary of discussions made by Venaliy Amelin (available in Russian only)

 

Presentations

Speech by Maud de Boer Buquicchio, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe

Statement on the ‘Status of international protection of national minorities: where do we stand’, by Gennady D. Oleynik, Chairman, Committee on Issues of the North and Less Numerous Peoples, Council of Federation, Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation (also available in Russian)

Status of international protection of national minorities: ‘where do we stand?’ by Gunnar Jansson, Second Vice-President of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

Status of international protection of national minorities: ‘where do we stand?’ by Rolf Ekéus, High Commissioner on National Minorities, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe

Status of international protection of national minorities: ‘where do we stand?’ Statement by Manuel Lezertua, Director of the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights

Status of international protection of national minorities: ‘where do we stand?’ by Boriss Cilevics, Chair of the PACE Sub-Committee on the Rights of Minorities

Preservation and development of cultural plurality: The Russian approach by Valery Stepanov, Institute of Ethnology, Russian Academy of Sciences (also available in Russian)

“Experience of the Russian Federation in the field of support and protection of national minorities” by Alexander Zhuravsky, Director of the Department of Interethnic Relations of the Ministry of Regional Development of the Russian Federation (only available in Russian)

Experience of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities in the Field of Education by Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark

Language and educational matters - Experiences of the monitoring work of the Committee of Experts by Jarmo Lainio, Member of the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages

National Minorities and the Content of Education by Tom Hadden, Human Rights Centre, School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland

Organizing Education in Polyethnic Russia by Mikhail Kouzmine and Olga Artemenko, Centre for Ethnic Matters in Education, Moscow (also available in Russian)

National Minorities and Minority Language Education. Introductory remarks by the Chair, Asbjørn Eide

National Minorities and Minority Language Education by Vesna Crnić-Grotić, Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages

Equal Access to Education by National Minorities by Claude Cahn, Programme Director, European Roma Rights Centre

Equal Access to Education by National Minorities. Discussion Paper submitted by Miranda Vuolasranta, European Roma and Travellers Forum (ERTF)

 

Interventions of the Participants

Intervention by Ashot Ayrapetyan, The Center of Interethnic Co-operation, (Moscow, Russian Federation) (also available in Russian)

Intervention on the theme ‘Forms of support for National minorities’ by Leokadia M. Drobyzheva (also available in Russian)

Intervention on the theme ‘In the Spirit of Tolerance: Ethno-cultural Education’ by Elena Kavelina, Editor-in-chief ‘Ethnosphere’ magazine (Moscow, Russian Federation) (also available in Russian)

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