New national minorities report issues warning to Skopje authorities

“Despite the unanimous protests against the political structures, society remains deeply divided, with little interaction between the two largest ethnic communities, Macedonians and Albanians,” states a report from the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. “Relations between them are still dominated by mutual fear and distrust,” it adds.

Podcast: Francesco Palermo – national minorities, managing diversity and the threat of Europe’s “demographic winter”

Professor Francesco Palermo discusses national minorities, the management of growing and diverse populations and the looming threat of Europe’s demographic winter, ahead of today’s Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities conference.

Italy: Minorities experts want better protection for Roma, Sinti and Camminanti communities

A report from the Council of Europe Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM) urges Italy to make “sustained and effective efforts to prevent, fight and sanction the inequality and discrimination suffered by Roma, Sinti and Camminanti communities.

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).