MINELRES: CoE FCNM: AC Opinion on Switzerland and Governmentâs comments made public
Fri Sep 12 20:49:22 2008
Original sender: Nicola Markes-Goerlach <Nicola.Markes-Goerlach@coe.int>
Strasbourg, 08 September 2008: National Minorities in Switzerland
The Comments on the Advisory Committeeâ€™s Opinion on Switzerland have been
received and made public at the Governmentâ€™s request, together with the
Opinion of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the
Protection of National Minorities.
The Advisory Committee â€“ an expert body set up under the Councilâ€™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 Ministersâ€™ resolution but can be made public at an earlier stage
at the countryâ€™s initiative.
Council of Europe
Directorate General of Human Rights and Legal Affairs
Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National
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