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Cyprus: efforts to uphold national minority rights welcomed, but improvement needed

Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities Strasbourg 28 May 2020
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Cyprus: efforts to uphold national minority rights welcomed, but improvement needed

A “general climate of tolerance” prevails in Cyprus, in particular towards the three constitutionally recognised national minorities: the Armenian, Maronite and Latin (Roman Catholic) religious groups, according to a report published today by the Council of Europe’s Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM).

Support to preserve minority identities continues to be provided, predominantly in the educational and cultural spheres, according to report findings, which are based on information obtained by the Advisory Committee from governmental and non-governmental interlocutors during its visit to Nicosia, Larnaca and Limassol in July last year.

Persons belonging to the Armenian, Maronite and Latin religious groups continue to have influence on policy making on subjects of relevance to them, essentially through their representatives in the House of Representatives, the report concludes.


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Cyprus: Minority rights committee welcomes efforts to uphold national minority rights, but improvement needed


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