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Slovakia: Council of Europe To Minority Rights In Slovakia

Bratislava, 20 June 1997 (RFE/RL) -- The Council of Europe says it will continue to closely watch Slovakia for violations of the human rights of ethnic minorities.

Jane Dinsdale, a deputy director of the Council of Europe's human rights monitoring group, says there is particular concern about legislation surrounding language rights in Slovakia. Dinsdale made the comment after at the fourth meeting of European Union representatives and government officials responsible for ethnic minority issues in central and eastern Europe.

Dinsdale declined comment on an ongoing dispute between Slovak authorities and ethnic Hungarian leaders over the right to bilingual certificates at elementary and secondary schools.

The International Helsinki Federation on human rights yesterday issued a report that raised concerns about the treatment of gypsies in Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Bulgaria.