Details of Treaty No.157

Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities
Title Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities
Reference ETS No.157
Opening of the treaty Strasbourg, 01/02/1995  - Treaty open for signature by the member States and up until the date of entry into force by any other State so invited by the Committee of Ministers
Entry into Force 01/02/1998  - 12 Ratifications.

The Convention 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.

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