1 Law Gazette of the Czech Republic, Law No. 273;'2001. 2 Law No.23/1991 Introducing the Charter of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms as a Constitutional Law of the Federal Assembly of the Czech and Slovak Federal Republic. 3 Article 24 The national or ethnic identity of anyone must not be used to his detriment. Article 25 (1) Citizens who constitute national or ethnic minorities are guaranteed all-round development, in particular the right to develop with other members of their minority their own culture, the right to disseminate and receive information in their language, and the right to associate in national associations. Details are provided by law. (2) Citizens belonging to national and ethnic minorities are also guaranteed under conditions set by law: (a) the right to education in their language; (b) the right to use their language in official contact; (c) the right to participate in the settlement of matters concerning national and ethnic minorities.
4 See Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities; Opinion on the Czech Republic, adopted on 6 April 2001, at http://www.humanrights.coe.int/ Minorities/Eng/FrameworkConvention/AdvisoryCommittee/Opinions/Czech %20Republic.htm. 5 Resolution ResCMN(2002)2 on the Implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by the Czech Republic, adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 6 February 2002 at the 782nd meeting of the Ministers' Deputies. The text of the Resolution is available at http://cm.coe.int/stat/E/Public/2002/adopted texts/resCMN/2002xn2.htm. 6 These Comments are accessible at http://www.humanrights.coe.int/Minorities/Eng/ FrameworkConvention/AdvisoryCommittee/Opinions/Czech.Comments.htm. ' See the government's comments on the Opinion of the Advisory Committee concerning Article 3 of the Framework Convention (relating to para. 20 of the Opinion). 8 Not reprinted in the annex to this introduction.
9 The provisional results of the 2001 census yielded the following data: out of a population of 10,292,933 persons living on the territory of the Czech Republic, the inhabitants declared their nationality as follows: 9,270,615 as Czech; 373,294 as Moravian - Silesian; 11,248 as Silesian; 183,749 as Slovak; 38,321 as German; 50,971 as Polish; 11,716 as Roma; and 353,019 as other nationalities.
10 law No. 101/2000 on the Act on the Protection of Personal Data and Amendment to Certain Related Laws. " Supplement to the Government Resolution. 1034 of 10 October 2001, available at http://www.vlada.cz/1250/vrk/vrk.htm. 12 Art. 3 of the Statute of the Council of the Government for National Minorities: The Composition of the Council (1) The Council has 29 members, i.e. the chairman, the deputy chairman (deputy chairmen) and the members. At least half of the total number of members of the council are representatives of national minorities who were nominated by the associations of members of national minorities. (2) The members of the Council are (a) the representatives of national minorities (18 members), one to three members per minority in proportion to the total number of members of a minority and its historical and contempor-
ary position; specifically, there are representatives of these minorities: (i) Bulgarian (1); (ii) Croatian (1); (iii) Hungarian (1); liv) German (_'); (v) Polish (2); (vi) Roma (3); (vii) Ruthenian (1); (viii) Russian ( 1); (ix) Greek (1); (x) Slovak (3); (xi) Ukrainian (1). (b) The representatives of the bodies of public authority I I members including the chairman of the Council): specifically, there are representatives of: (i) Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, at the level of deputy ministers; (ii) the representative of the office of the President; (iii) the representative of the office of the Public Defender of Rights; (iv) the government Commissioner for Human Rights. (3) The chairman of the Council is appointed and dismissed from office by the Government upon the proposal of the Prime Minister. The chairman of the Council is a member of the Government, usually the Deputy Prime Minister. " Law No. 128/2000 on Municipalities. 14 law No. 76/1978 on Educational Establishments, as amended.