The European Charter for regional or minority languages / Working together - NGOs and regional or minority languages (2004)
The participation of NGOs in the work of international organisations has increased dramatically in the past years. Their input has become an essential pillar of the international efforts to safeguard democracy, human rights and the rule of law. The protection mechanism of the European Charter of Regional or Minority Languages acknowledges the importance of NGOs, whose contribution at various stages before and after ratification is vital for its efficiency.This publication aims to facilitate the access of NGOs to the charter's protection mechanism. It is also intended as a practical guide to the charter for developing the synergy between NGOs and the Committee of Experts, with a view to furthering regional or minority languages in Europe.