The European Charter for regional and minority languages: application by Armenia examined
Strasbourg, 15/06/2006: The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has just adopted a recommendation for the attention of the Armenian authorities on measures they could take to improve the application of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages in Armenia.
These measures particularly include improving the presence of regional or minority languages in education, before courts and on radio and television. The Armenian authorities are also encouraged to clarify whether there are any other regional or minority languages used in Armenia apart from those mentioned in Armenia's instrument of ratification.
The recommendation follows the evaluation report prepared by the Charter's Committee of Independent Experts, using information submitted by Armenia and by NGOs, and obtained during an on-the-spot visit by the Committee of Experts to Armenia. During this visit, meetings were held with representatives of the regional or minority languages spoken in Armenia, including representatives of NGOs, as well as representatives of the Armenian authorities.
For further information on the Charter and its monitoring mechanism, click here, or contact the Charter Secretariat at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg (Directorate of Co-operation for Local and Regional Democracy, DG I - Legal Affairs, F-67075 Strasbourg, tel: +33 (0)3 90 21 52 77).