MINELRES: CoE FCNM: AC visits Latvia

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Original sender: Nicola Markes-Goerlach <Nicola.Markes-Goerlach@coe.int>


National Minorities in Latvia: visit of the Advisory Committee on the
Framework Convention for the protection of national minorities


Strasbourg 10.06.2008 - A delegation of the Advisory Committee on the
Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM) is
visiting Latvia this week from 9-13 June 2008 in the context of the
monitoring of the implementation of the Framework Convention by this
country. In addition to Riga, the delegation will visit Daugavpils. 

This is the first visit of the Advisory Committee to Latvia. The
Delegation will be having meetings with the representatives of all
relevant ministries, as well as with the Parliament, the Ombudsman
Office and other institutions. In addition to contacts with public
officials, the Delegation will also meet persons belonging to national
minorities and Human Rights NGOs.

The delegation visiting Latvia includes Mr Gaspar BIRO (member elected
in respect of Hungary), Mr Dalibor JILEK (member elected in respect of
the Czech Republic) and Mr Alan PHILLIPS (member elected in respect of
the United Kingdom). They will be accompanied by Ms Artemiza-Tatiana
CHISCA from the Secretariat. 


Note: Latvia submitted its first State Report under the Framework
Convention in October 2006. Following its visit, the Advisory Committee
will adopt its own report (called Opinion) in October 2008, which will
be sent to the Latvian Government for comments. The Committee of
Ministers of the Council of Europe will then adopt conclusions and
recommendations in respect of Latvia.

Contact: 
Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National
Minorities, 
Strasbourg (France), 
www.coe.int/minorities, 
tel +33 (0)3 90 21 44 33


Nicola Markes-Goerlach
Council of Europe 
Directorate General of Human Rights and Legal Affairs
Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National
Minorities 
F-67075 Strasbourg-Cedex 
http://www.coe.int/minorities


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