Czech Republic: Minorities rights experts highlight “limited progress” in tackling school segregation of Roma children

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland said: “Ensuring Roma children have adequate access to education is essential to combat discrimination of Roma people in all areas of society. The Czech Republic has made some progress, but it needs to do more.”

Croatia: Nationalist “surge” has negative impact on minorities

Hate speech has become more acceptable in the media and in political discourse, according to a new opinion on Croatia by the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM).

Spain: Regional and minority language-users face “significant problems”

The Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers has now issued six recommendations to the Spanish authorities on the application of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.

Georgia: New report warns of worsening inter-faith tensions

“The very low number of completed investigations and criminal prosecutions of hate crime undermines trust in the police and the reported bias demonstrated in favour of the dominant religion (Georgian Orthodox Christianity) is increasingly resented by persons belonging to national and religious minorities,” states a new report published today by the Advisory Committee of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM).

Cyprus: Experts urge strengthening of police training as hate crimes increase

The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM) report points to recurrent cases of excessive use of force by the police, alleged racial profiling and cases where the police failed to intervene appropriately.