COUNCIL OF EUROPE COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS CALLED CE COUNTRIES TO UPHOLD LINGUISTIC RIGHTS OF NATIONAL MINORITIES

PanARMENIAN.Net
02.02.2010 19:47 GMT+04:00

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights
Thomas Hammarberg made a statement on the rights of national minorities
and appealed to the Council of Europe member countries to respect the
rights of ethnic minorities. "We must respect the linguistic rights of
national minorities, otherwise the human rights are violated leading
to inter-communal clashes," Hammerberg's statement says.

He drew attention to the fact that over the past 20 years this problem
has worsened again. The existing nationalist tendencies are used
by radicals for spreading xenophobia against minorities. "Language
problems in Europe are not a phenomenon, international and European
conventions have provisions and rules concerning these issues,"
the statement of the commissioner said, Yerkir Union reported.

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