Strasbourg, 9/4/2013 – “Several milestones have been reached since the signing of the Ohrid Framework agreement which ended the 2001 conflict, including in the areas of local government, the use of languages and equitable representation. However, deep politicisation along party lines and political patronage undermine social cohesion” said today Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, releasing a report based on his November 2012 visit to the country.
While “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” has a well-developed system of education in non-majority languages, the Commissioner stressed the importance of integrated education.
Action should also be taken to resolve the human rights issues related to the 2001 conflict. The Commissioner calls for the clarification of the fate of the remaining fourteen persons who went missing during the conflict and recommends that the authorities find durable solutions for the 334 remaining internally displaced persons, giving urgent attention to the 95 persons who are still living in collective centres. (more…)