Round-table event to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities
Strasbourg (France), 25 November 2013
On 25 November 2013, the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention invited high-level speakers and representatives of all member states to Strasbourg to celebrate the 15th anniversary by engaging in discussions on the achievements and outstanding challenges of minority protection in Europe today. Particular emphasis was placed on the continued exclusion of persons belonging to Roma communities as well as the re-emergence of nationalism and racism in many parts of Europe. Speakers, including former Presidents of the Advisory Committee as well as representatives of minority organizations, the UN, EU FRA and the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities adamantly called on states to recommit themselves to ensure that persons belonging to national minorities are adequately protected and valued as active members of European society.
Presentations (in programme order)
Official Opening: Ms Snežana SAMARDŽIĆ-MARKOVIĆ, Director General of Democracy - Directorate General II
Keynote speech by Asbjørn Eide: Frameworks for diversity and equality in our contemporary world: Experiences with minority protection in Europe and at the United Nations.
Response to key note address, Alan Philipps, Former President of the ACFC
I Panel: Perspectives from minority and NGO representatives
Christopher Chapman, Head of Conflict Prevention, Minority Rights Group, Powerpoint
Davyth Hicks, Head of EUROLANG, Vice President of the European Language Equality Network, Powerpoint
III Panel: Complementary reflections on selected issues of current relevance:
Petra Roter, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia: Minority rights protection in the Western Balkans
Alexandra Tomaselli, EURAC: Current challenges and protection of Indigenous Peoples' rights under the FCNM
Practical issues related to the monitoring mechanism
Introduction by Francesco Palermo, First Vice President of the ACFC