Council of Europe Committee of Ministers adopts resolution on minority protection in Azerbaijan

Council of Europe Committee of Ministers adopts resolution on minority protection in Azerbaijan
# 17 December 2008 12:00 (UTC +04:00)
The resolution contains conclusions and recommendations, highlighting positive developments but also a number of areas where further measures are needed to advance the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. "Azerbaijan has continued to pay attention to the situation of persons belonging to national minorities. Moreover, the authorities have maintained an inclusive approach with regard to the scope of application of the Framework Convention. Regional branches of the Ombudsperson’s Office have been established, which should increase the accessibility of this institution for persons belonging to national minorities. Furthermore, the Ombudsperson’s Office is increasingly active in the field of inter-religious dialogue and has developed trans-frontier co-operation on national minority protection. A National Action Plan on the Protection of Human Rights was adopted in 2006, which includes among its objectives the preservation and development of the cultural heritage of national minorities”, said in the resolution.
The resolution also contained recommendations which invited the authorities to resume efforts to finalize new legislation on the protection of national minorities, to increase state support to persons belonging to national minorities, to take measures to combat all forms of intolerance and discrimination on grounds of belonging to a national minority, to take all appropriate measures to ensure that persons belonging to national minorities can freely exercise their rights to freedom of expression, of association and of peaceful assembly, to consider adopting measures, including legislative, to guarantee that persons belonging to national minorities can effectively use their minority languages in relations with the local administrative authorities, to take additional steps to expand teaching of minority languages, including by addressing shortcomings with regard to teaching material and teacher training.
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