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Completing the First Decade of Monitoring: Latest Developments under the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

Completing the First Decade of Monitoring: Latest Developments under the Framework Convention for... Part II Reports A. INTERNATIoNAL DEvELoPMENTS Elena Jurado and Antti Korkeakivi* I. Introduction The monitoring mechanism of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (hereinafter the "Framework Convention") has now functioned for almost a decade, and its role as the driving force behind minority rights in Europe is today widely recognized. To quote but one example, the Slovak Chairman of the Committee of Ministers stated recently that the Framework Convention "has contributed greatly, since its entry into force ten years ago, to maintaining democratic stability on the European continent. Europe can be proud of this achievement, but must be vigilant that it is not eroded." However, while it seems easy to reach a general consensus, at least amongst state parties, on the overall value of the Framework Convention and its monitoring mechanism, a lively debate continues over the exact meaning of the Framework Convention's substantive articles and the degree of discretion enjoyed by state parties in deciding how to implement the provisions. Moreover, the long-standing disagreements over the personal scope of application remain a regular feature of the monitoring process. This article deals with certain aspects of these debates, focusing on selected recent countryspecific opinions of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Yearbook of Minority Issues Online Brill

Completing the First Decade of Monitoring: Latest Developments under the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

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Brill
Copyright
Copyright 2008 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1570-7865
eISSN
2211-6117
DOI
10.1163/22116117-90000077
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Abstract

Part II Reports A. INTERNATIoNAL DEvELoPMENTS Elena Jurado and Antti Korkeakivi* I. Introduction The monitoring mechanism of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (hereinafter the "Framework Convention") has now functioned for almost a decade, and its role as the driving force behind minority rights in Europe is today widely recognized. To quote but one example, the Slovak Chairman of the Committee of Ministers stated recently that the Framework Convention "has contributed greatly, since its entry into force ten years ago, to maintaining democratic stability on the European continent. Europe can be proud of this achievement, but must be vigilant that it is not eroded." However, while it seems easy to reach a general consensus, at least amongst state parties, on the overall value of the Framework Convention and its monitoring mechanism, a lively debate continues over the exact meaning of the Framework Convention's substantive articles and the degree of discretion enjoyed by state parties in deciding how to implement the provisions. Moreover, the long-standing disagreements over the personal scope of application remain a regular feature of the monitoring process. This article deals with certain aspects of these debates, focusing on selected recent countryspecific opinions of

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European Yearbook of Minority Issues OnlineBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2006

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