Rainer Hofmann
Rainer Hofmann

Podcast: Celebrating 15 years of the protection of national minorities

In this podcast, Frankfurt University international law professor Rainer Hofmann celebrates 15 years of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.

The former chair of the Advisory Committee to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM) hails the treaty’s achievement in establishing a “mechanism and yardstick to measure to what extent states are living up to their obligations.”

Hofmann (photo) adds that the advisory committee and the FCNM, which emerged in the 1990′s during times of conflict in the former Yugoslavia and the Caucasus, are now “firmly established in Europe.” He admits that this is the result of the success of “detoxifying” the issue of majority-minority relations.

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