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Section II, Article 7

Zdenka Machnyikova

From: The Rights of Minorities: A Commentary on the European Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

Edited By: Marc Weller

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 26 May 2024

Indigenous peoples — Religion — Minorities — Human rights remedies

This chapter comments on Article 7 of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM). Article 7 requires states Parties to ensure respect for the right of national minorities to the freedoms of peaceful assembly, association, expression, thought, conscience, and religion. Article 7 is phrased in very general terms, lacking the detailed rules laid down in other substantive provisions of the Framework Convention. Nevertheless, the connection between the detailed standards of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (ECHR) and the freedoms specified in Article 7 provides a coherent basis for its interpretation. In this respect, the content of the rights guaranteed by the ECHR should serve as the focal point for states parties when identifying their legal obligations on the enjoyment of these freedoms by persons belonging to national minorities.

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