Little progress made on protection of minorities

Traveller communities continue to face difficulties in finding camp grounds in Switzerland according to a government report.

This content was published on January 25, 2012 - 15:43 and agencies

The lack of designated areas for communities which maintain an itinerant lifestyle remains a subject of concern for the authorities.

The number of special sites for gypsies increased from 11 to14 over the past decade, providing room for just about half the itinerant population. The cabinet also notes that the ethnic minority groups of Jenish, Roma and Sinti are frequently subject to prejudices.

However, the review says a law on national languages in force since 2010 has had a favourable impact on linguistic minorities in Switzerland.

The report, published by the foreign ministry on Wednesday, was drafted after consultation with federal offices, cantons and organisations representing minority groups.

Switzerland ratified a convention of the Council of Europe convention for the protection of national minorities in 1998.

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