MINELRES: Fwd: RFE/RL: Council of Europe Warns Slovenia over Minority Rights

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GHM Note: RFE/RL failed to mention that Slovenia also has Roma

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RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
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RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 7, No. 91, Part II, 15 May 2003

COUNCIL OF EUROPE WARNS SLOVENIA OVER MINORITY RIGHTS. Alvaro
Gil-Robles, the Council of Europe's commissioner for human rights, said
in Ljubljana on 12 May that Slovenia has done much for the protection of
human rights but still has much to do for those minorities that Slovenia
does not consider "autochthonous," or indigenous, Deutsche Welle's
"Monitor" reported (see "RFE/RL Balkan Report," 2 August 2002 and 11
April 2003). In response, Slovenian Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel said
his country is very concerned about human rights issues and will make
every effort to correct any shortcomings. Observers note that Slovenia
gives extensive rights to its small Italian and Hungarian minorities,
which are legally classified as autochthonous, but not to the more
numerous Kosovar Albanians, Bosnian Muslims, Serbs, Croats, and others
whose presence in Slovenia is primarily a legacy of former Yugoslavia.
Some small communities of Serbs and Croats have lived in modern-day
Slovenia for centuries. PM

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