MINELRES: Coe FCNM: recent news concerning the DH-MIN
Sun Mar 28 16:40:21 2010
Original sender: Nicola Markes-Goerlach <Nicola.MARKES-GOERLACH@coe.int>
RECENTS NEWS ON
THE FRAMEWORK CONVENTION FOR THE PROTECTION OF NATIONAL MINORITIES
Decision CM/Del/Dec(2010)1077 (1 March 2010) 1077th meeting, 24 February
The terms of reference of the Committee of Experts on issues relating to
the protection of national minorities (DH-MIN) have been extended for a
further two years
Extract from the Fact sheet
The DH-MIN (47 members + president) meets once or twice a year,
depending on the need of its agenda and other priorities of the CDDH.
The Action Plan of the Third Summit of Heads of State and Government of
the Council of Europe (Warsaw, 16-17 May 2005, CM(2005)80 final, 17 May
2005), notably Chapter I.2 “Protecting and promoting human rights
through the other Council of Europe institutions and mechanisms”.
The Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental
Freedoms (1950, ETS No. 5) and the Framework Convention for the
Protection of National Minorities (1995, ETS No. 157) – Contribution to
core values: protection and promotion of human rights, rule of law and
democratic pluralist system.
The source of political justification and framework of the current work
of the DH-MIN stem also from the political texts adopted at the European
Ministerial Conference on Human Rights (Rome, 3-4 November 2000):
Resolution No. 2 “Respect for human rights, a key factor for democratic
stability and cohesion in Europe: current issues”.
This work is intergovernmental in nature and covers all member states.
Consequently, it complements the work carried out in the context of the
Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities which, on
the one hand, consists in monitoring the respect of commitments and, on
the other, only concerns, strictly speaking, the States Parties to this
Project added value:
The Council of Europe is the most suitable European body to exchange
views and experiences in the field of the protection of national
minorities in the human rights perspective. The work of the DH-MIN,
which also involves representatives of civil society, contributes to
help member states to elaborate, promote and implement national
legislation and policy in the field of human rights in full compliance
with the fundamental values of the Council of Europe.
The work of the DH-MIN lends itself to partnerships with other
international organisations (governmental or otherwise), which are
represented at its meetings. Under the authority of the CDDH, the DH-MIN
pays particular attention at avoiding any duplication and providing
contributions from its own specific “human rights” perspective.
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