Lithuania: Minorities rights experts sound alarm over Roma integration and rise in hate crime

Legislative gaps in Lithuania’s system of protection for national minorities are undermining the country’s strategy for inclusion, according to European advisers.

Podcast: Europe, the “demonisation” of minorities and the rise of intolerance

There is more tolerance for the view that “diversity is a problem in itself, that identity means segregation and separation and that it is not possible to achieve democratic prosperity if we give acknowledgement and affirmation to minority concerns,” says minorities expert Athanasia Spiliopoulou Åkermark.

Bulgaria: National minorities report highlights deteriorating climate of inter-ethnic tolerance

“The overall climate as regards interethnic tolerance in Bulgaria has deteriorated,” states the 5 August report published by the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM). “Racism has become increasingly widespread in political discourse and the media and extremist political parties have proliferated.”

Poland: Court set for judgement on Guantanamo Bay detainees’ ‘secret rendition CIA torture’ complaints

The cases concern the “rendition” of two men, who were suspected of terrorist acts, to secret detention sites of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in Poland at which harsh – so-called “enhanced” – interrogation methods were used by the CIA.

Slovenia: New evaluation report on minority languages

Experts say Slovenia should recognise German, Croatian and Serbian as traditional minority languages.