Travellers and Roma encouraged to apply to Council of Europe Committee on National Minorities
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Last week Minister Roderic
O’Gorman, TD invited expressions of
interest for nomination to Advisory Committee under the Framework Convention
for the Protection of National Minorities.
Martin Collins speaks about his experience on the committee and
encourages Travellers and Roma to apply.
“I was lucky enough to serve on this Committee from 2018-2022. I found
this to be a very challenging, but very informative and enriching experience.
I have had the opportunity to visit a number of countries i.e. Georgia,
Croatia, Hungary etc. and have learned a great deal about how National
Minorities in these countries organise themselves, and the issues and concerns
that face them.
I have also learned how these States have responded in terms of
legislation and policy in addressing these concerns.
The Advisory Committee itself does very important work and the
recommendations and subsequent resolution of the Council of Ministers are
essential in promoting the human rights of National Minorities across the
Council of Europe.
As far as I know, I was the first Traveller to be appointed to the
Advisory Committee and hope I will not be the last.
It is important that these opportunities are available to Travellers and
Roma and I would encourage both Travellers and Roma to consider applying for