Status of National Minorities Legal Digest : A Thematic Look at Five National Laws. An ECMI Advisory Project
The five states' national laws that are included in this digest are only on the subject of the status of national minorities. Included in this digest are laws of Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Serbia and Montenegro, and the Ukraine. This digest was requested by the Department of Inter-Ethnic Relations of the Romanian Government in anticipation of their drafting a law on the status of national minorities. ECMI gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the digest by the Global Conflict Prevention Fund of the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
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Central European Initiative CEI
Since its establishment, the CEI has been working hard to fulfill its mandate: fostering political and socio-economic development in the region aimed at avoiding new division lines in Europe.
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The European Library
The European Library webservice is a portal which offers free access to the combined resources of the 45 national libraries of Europe. Highly recommended.
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Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities: Opportunities for NGOs and Minorities / Magdalena Syposz / Minority Rights Group International / April 2006
This guide to the FCNM targets minority-based and human rights NGOs and minority communities in the Council of Europe area. It aims to increase the effectiveness of their international advocacy activities for protection of minority rights in their countries. The manual outlines the opportunities the FCNM offers to NGOs and minority communities. Gathering and submitting relevant information on the situation of a minority or minorities in a country in the form of a shadow report is crucial. This report provides guidelines for writing effective shadow reports. Theoretical and practical issues of how minority rights fit into the larger framework of human rights and which European institutions are responsible for the protection of minorities are also presented here.
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UNBISNET United Nations Bibliographic Information System
UNBISNET provides the catalogue of the United Nations (UN) documents and publications indexed by the UN Library in New York and the Library of the UN office at Geneva, with coverage from 1979 onward. Documents and publications published before 1979 are now being added on a retrospective basis. Highly recommended.
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Directory of Development Organizations / Resource Guide to Development Organizations and the Internet
A large number of weblinks and further information can be found here. Highly recommended. This directory has been prepared to facilitate international cooperation and knowledge sharing in development work, both among civil society organizations, research institutions, governments and the private sector. the directory aims to promote interaction and active partnerships among governments, the private sector and key development organizations in civil society.
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A Remaining Share or a New Part? The Union's Role vis-a-vis Minorities After the Enlargement Decade / Gabriel N. Toggenburg
This article attempts to identify the role of the Union vis-a-vis (its) minorities after enlargement. Does the Union simply continue to take care of the remaining share of the tasks it provided during the enlargement decade or does it play a new part? According to the author, the Union's policy vis-a-vis the Western Balkans shows a revamped engagement for minority interests in the Union's external relations. Moreover a new inter-organisational trialogue between the EU, the OSCE and the Council of Europe is on its way and will presumably further develop in the future. The author also shows that the Union is strengthening its minority momentum in the internal sphere. Highly recommended.
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