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Council of Europe: Nationalism “surge” has negative impact on minorities in Croatia

02 June 2016
Council of  Europe: Nationalism “surge” has negative impact on minorities in Croatia

On 1 June, a new opinion by the Council of Europe’s Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM) praised a favourable legislative framework for national minorities in Croatia.

The committee observes that the existing laws are often not implemented. Too few representatives of national minorities are employed in public services, and the right to use minority languages and scripts is not implemented in some localities.

A surge in nationalism and political radicalisation is having a negative impact on minority rights, especially in those areas that were heavily affected by the 1990s conflict.

For example, the committee reports increased incidents of hate speech that has become more acceptable in the media and in political discourse.

Anti-minority rhetoric and prejudice dominates much of the public debate on national minorities, resulting in many individuals refraining from accessing their rights for fear of negative repercussions.

Adapted from the Council of Europe

Photo: the Council of Europe

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