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Developments in the Field of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages

Developments in the Field of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages Vesna Crnić-Grotić * Developments in the Field of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages I. Introduction In  the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages celebrated its th anniversary together with another pivotal treaty in the fi eld of minority protection— the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. Both treaties symbolize the political determination of most European states to provide protection for their minorities in various fi elds of public life. Th e Council of Europe celebrated 2 3 these two anniversaries in several instances (in Strasbourg, Luleå ). Th is festive occa- sion was also used to assess the results achieved and to evaluate the tasks still ahead. Th e Secretary General of the Council of Europe in his fourth biennial report to the Parliamentary Assembly on the charter emphasized that an ever-increasing international recognition of the Charter can be noticed. Th e interest that other international organisations take in the Charter underlines its importance as the only binding legal instrument worldwide specifi cally devoted to the safeguarding of regional or minority languages and thus as a key convention of the Council of Europe. At the same time, the secretary general had to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Yearbook of Minority Issues Online Brill

Developments in the Field of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages

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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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10.1163/22116117-90001646
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Abstract

Vesna Crnić-Grotić * Developments in the Field of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages I. Introduction In  the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages celebrated its th anniversary together with another pivotal treaty in the fi eld of minority protection— the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. Both treaties symbolize the political determination of most European states to provide protection for their minorities in various fi elds of public life. Th e Council of Europe celebrated 2 3 these two anniversaries in several instances (in Strasbourg, Luleå ). Th is festive occa- sion was also used to assess the results achieved and to evaluate the tasks still ahead. Th e Secretary General of the Council of Europe in his fourth biennial report to the Parliamentary Assembly on the charter emphasized that an ever-increasing international recognition of the Charter can be noticed. Th e interest that other international organisations take in the Charter underlines its importance as the only binding legal instrument worldwide specifi cally devoted to the safeguarding of regional or minority languages and thus as a key convention of the Council of Europe. At the same time, the secretary general had to

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European Yearbook of Minority Issues OnlineBrill

Published: Feb 9, 2010

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