Part II Reports INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENTS Françoise Kempf * I. Introduction The year 2010 has been a challenging one for the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (The Framework Convention) and developments in many states parties have demonstrated that the Framework Convention remains a much needed instrument. Challenging situations in 2010 include, inter alia, persisting disputes over linguistic issues that have resulted in increasingly tense relations between neighbouring state parties. Indeed, the need to strike a balance between the promotion of the state or official language and the protection of the linguistic rights of persons belonging to national minorities is re-emerging as a source of confl ict in a number of states. This issue is epitomised by the tensions between Hungary and the Slovak Republic, following the adoption by the latter of a new State Language Law in 2009. Increased tensions have also been reported in Ukraine, following the adoption of measures to strengthen the use of Ukrainian versus the use of minority languages. In general, we have been witnessing a move toward heightened politicisation of minority issues in the context of interstate relations; this issue is developed further in part II. Increased racism and intolerance targeting
European Yearbook of Minority Issues Online – Brill
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