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Constitutional Law on the Rights of National Minorities in the Republic of Croatia

Constitutional Law on the Rights of National Minorities in the Republic of Croatia I. INTRODUCTION This article explores the disposition of the new Croatian Constitutional Law on the Rights of National Minorities (hereinafter 'the Constitutional Law' or 'the Law')' adopted on 13 December 2002. The legislation previously governing the protection of minority rights was politically an extremely controversial and much-discussed law, and was amended and suspended quite a number of times in its existence of just over ten years. The adop- tion of the Constitutional Law was one of Croatia's international obligations upon entry into the Council of Europe (coy) as well as an imperative for implementation of the European Union Association and Stabilization Agreement.3 Even at the Law's drafting phase, the European Commission for Democracy through Law (hereinafter 'the Venice Commission) concluded that it constituted 'an important step forward in the protection of national minorities in Croatia. It provides a comprehensive and coherent framework for further legislative and regulatory action in the field of minorities' protection'.' The Law was drafted on the blueprint of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM), and therefore applies the most generally accepted stan- dards in minority protection. The objectives of the present article are: first, to introduce briefly some background as http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Yearbook of Minority Issues Online Brill

Constitutional Law on the Rights of National Minorities in the Republic of Croatia

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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2211-6117
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10.1163/221161103X00283
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Abstract

I. INTRODUCTION This article explores the disposition of the new Croatian Constitutional Law on the Rights of National Minorities (hereinafter 'the Constitutional Law' or 'the Law')' adopted on 13 December 2002. The legislation previously governing the protection of minority rights was politically an extremely controversial and much-discussed law, and was amended and suspended quite a number of times in its existence of just over ten years. The adop- tion of the Constitutional Law was one of Croatia's international obligations upon entry into the Council of Europe (coy) as well as an imperative for implementation of the European Union Association and Stabilization Agreement.3 Even at the Law's drafting phase, the European Commission for Democracy through Law (hereinafter 'the Venice Commission) concluded that it constituted 'an important step forward in the protection of national minorities in Croatia. It provides a comprehensive and coherent framework for further legislative and regulatory action in the field of minorities' protection'.' The Law was drafted on the blueprint of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM), and therefore applies the most generally accepted stan- dards in minority protection. The objectives of the present article are: first, to introduce briefly some background as

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European Yearbook of Minority Issues OnlineBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2002

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