CoE Committee of Ministers' decision on the FCNM monitoring


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CoE Committee of Ministers' decision on the FCNM monitoring

 
Committee of Ministers decisions on general issues related to the
monitoring of the Framework Convention

STRASBOURG, 12-14.06.2001 - The Committee of Ministers at its 756th
meeting, took the following decisions on general issues related to the
monitoring of the Framework Convention.
 
756th meeting - 12-14 June 2001
Item 4.1
Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities
General issues related to the monitoring of the Framework Convention
(GR-H(2001)7, 12, CB6 and CB8)
 
Decisions

The Deputies

1. took note of the statement of the Chairman of the GR-H, in which he
notably reiterated that the Framework Convention for the Protection of
National Minorities (hereinafter "the Framework Convention") and
Committee of Ministers' Resolution (97) 10 remained the master texts
upon this subject and that the Deputies' present decisions were to be
taken in application of those texts;

2. decided that, as part of the monitoring procedure, states Parties
are entitled to submit written comments on the opinion of the Advisory
Committee concerning them and fixed the time-limit for the submission
of such comments at four months, to run from the date of signature by
the Director General of Human Rights of the letter transmitting the
said opinion to the state Party concerned. This decision should also
apply to the four opinions of the Advisory Committee sent by letter
dated 27 April 2001 from the Director General of Human Rights to
Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic and Romania;

3. agreed that the Advisory Committee may be invited to be represented
at meetings held for the purposes of monitoring under the Framework
Convention, in order to introduce the opinions and if necessary answer
questions concerning them;

4. noted that, pursuant to Rule 36 of Resolution (97) 10, state
Parties may be invited to inform the Advisory Committee of the
follow-up given to the Committee of Ministers' conclusions and
recommendations in due time following their adoption;

5. noted that, pursuant to Rules 25 to 27 of Resolution (97) 10, the
opinions of the Advisory Committee, together with states Parties'
written comments (see decision 2 above) shall, as a rule, be published
with the Committee of Ministers' conclusions and recommendations upon
adoption of the latter;

6. noted that states Parties may, without prejudice to the Committee
of Ministers' consideration of the opinion, publish the Advisory
Committee's opinion concerning them, together with their written
comments if they so wish, before the adoption of the respective
conclusions and possible recommendations by the Committee of
Ministers. States Parties are invited to inform the Secretariat of the
Framework Convention of any such publication;

7. decided that detailed preparation for their decisions to be taken
in the context of monitoring under the Framework Convention should be
undertaken by the Rapporteur Group on Human Rights (GR-H);

8. invited their Bureau to consider the advisability and, if
appropriate,  the degree of formalisation necessary for a procedure
for preparing the Deputies' decisions in this regard and report back
by 3 July 2001.

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