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Monday, 12 November 2018 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Minimum standards for minorities in the EU (short presentation)

  Soraya Post (S&D), in writing. – There is a well-known saying: ‘A country should be judged on the basis of how it treats its minorities’. This sentence can also be applied to the EU, where we cannot be proud of ourselves yet. The commonly set values in our Treaties demand respect for human rights and human dignity, equality and non-discrimination, also concerning the rights of minorities; however, reports by the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA), NGOs and watchdog organisations show us a very sad reality. Our work is not done until we safeguard that people belonging to minorities can learn and use their language without limitations, can practice their traditions without fear, can live without being deprived of their rights and discriminated against in all spheres of life, and can participate in policymaking and decision-making processes. To achieve this, those in power have to take equal responsibility for people belonging to minority groups; they have to actively fight all forms of discrimination, condemn and impose sanctions for hate speech and hate crime, and they have to ensure minorities’ representatives participate in decision-making. Furthermore, they have to raise mainstream society’s awareness of the history of minority groups and mark their commemoration days.

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