The More the Merrier? Hungarian and Romany Minorities in Slovakia
Author: Neuwahl, N.A.
Source: Liverpool Law Review, Volume 22, Number 1, 2000 , pp. 21-37(17)
Abstract:This article discusses some important aspects of the treatment of minorities in the Republic of Slovakia. It discusses the 1992 Constitution and subsequent developments such as the State language law 1995, the restriction of political rights of Hungarians, educational policies, the setback of EU entry talks, the September 1998 general elections, the Dzurinda government's ``De-Meciarization'', the 1999 Minority Language Law, and recent electoral legislation. The special condition of the Romany is considered. The effectiveness of international mechanisms for the protection of minority rights (the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the International Covenant for Civil and Political Rights, the European Convention of Human Rights, the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities) is assessed, as is the involvement of the EU. Finally, the role of the judiciary is reflected upon.
Document Type: Regular Paper
Affiliations: The Liverpool School of Law, The University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 7ZS, UK
Publication date: January 1, 2000