MINELRES: CoE FCNM: AC Opinion on Switzerland and Governmentâs comments made public

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

Strasbourg, 08 September 2008: National Minorities in Switzerland

The Comments on the Advisory Committee’s Opinion on Switzerland have been 
received and made public at the Government’s request, together with the 
Opinion of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the 
Protection of National Minorities.

The Advisory Committee – an expert body set up under the Council’s Framework 
Convention for the Protection of National Minorities - visited Switzerland in 
November 2007 and adopted its report on  29 February 2008.

The Committee of Ministers will now draw on the report as it prepares a 
Resolution on the issue.

For more information and the full report: www.coe.int/minorities

The Framework Convention is ratified by 39 States. The Convention includes a 
monitoring system, whereby the Committee of Ministers, assisted by an advisory 
committee, evaluates the adequacy of the Convention's implementation. The 
Opinions of the Advisory Committee are made public upon the adoption of the 
Committee of Ministers’ resolution but can be made public at an earlier stage 
at the country’s initiative.


Nicola Markes-Goerlach
Council of Europe 
Directorate General of Human Rights and Legal Affairs 
Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National 
F-67075 Strasbourg-Cedex 

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