FCNM Newsletter | Minority rights in Europe - January 2020
Monitoring procedure for Framework Convention reformed
As of January this year, a reform of the monitoring arrangements for the Framework Convention adopted by the Committee of Ministers entered into force. The reform introduces a confidential dialogue phase between states parties and the Advisory Committee, new rules for the publication of final reports, and a rapid reaction procedure when a situation warrants urgent examination by the Advisory Committee.
All opinions, government comments and resolutions ever published in the 20 years of monitoring the Framework Convention are now accessible through a searchable online database. A user guide helps navigate the HUDOC database, which works similarly to that of the European Court of Human Rights. Users can search for keywords, countries, Articles of the Framework convention, and many more options.
With the opinion on Finland, Denmark and Cyprus, the monitoring of the Framework Convention entered its fifth monitoring round. Fifth cycle opinions come in a relaunched layout and format to improve readability. Other recently published opinions are those on Serbia, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Georgia, and Portugal. The next visits, in March 2020, will lead the Advisory Committee to Croatia and the Czech Republic and, in June 2020, to Estonia and Germany.
Advisory Committee members speak in Lund and Geneva
Vice President Marie Hagsgård, spoke at a conference in Lund, Sweden, marking the 20th anniversary of the OSCE HCNM Lund Recommendations on the Effective Participation of National Minorities in Public Life. Aliona Grossu, member of the Advisory Committee, moderated a panel on “Language, education and the empowerment of minority women and girls” at the 12th United Nations Forum on Minority Issues in Geneva.
Recent Council of Europe publications on minority issues