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Concluding Document of the Stockholm Conference on Confidence- and Security-Building Measures and Certain Aspects of Security and Disarmament in Europe

The Concluding Document of the Stockholm Conference on Confidence- and Security-Building Measures and Certain Aspects of Security and Disarmament in Europe was adopted by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe on 19 September 1986.

Co-operation in the Field of Economics, of Science and Technology and of the Environment 

    Aiming at ensuring effective equality of opportunity between the children of migrant workers and the children of their own nationals regarding access to all forms and levels of education, the participating states affirm their readiness to take measures needed for the better use and improvement of educational opportunities. Furthermore, they will encourage or facilitate, where reasonable demands exists, supplementary teaching in their mother tongue for the children of migrant workers.

Co-operation in Humanitarian and other Fields  

    [The participating states] will deal favourably with applications for travel abroad without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth, age or other status. They will ensure that any refusal does not affect applications submitted by other persons.

    They will ensure in practice that persons belonging to national minorities or regional cultures on their territories can disseminate, have access to, and exchange information in their mother tongue.

    They will renew their efforts to give effect to the provisions of the Final Act and the Madrid Concluding Document relating to less widely spoken languages. They will also encourage initiatives aimed at increasing the number of translations of literature from and into these languages and improving their quality, in particular by the holding of workshops involving translators, authors and publishers, by the publication of dictionaries and, where appropriate, by the exchange of translators through scholarships.

    They will ensure that persons belonging to national minorities or regional cultures on their territories can maintain and develop their own culture in all its aspects, including language, literature and religion; and that they can preserve their cultural and historical monuments and objects.

    They will ensure access by all to the various types and levels of education without discrimination as to race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.

    They will ensure that persons belonging to national minorities or regional cultures on their territories can give and receive instruction on their own culture, including instruction through parental transmission of language, religion and cultural identity to their children.

The full text version of the Concluding Document can be found on the Internet site of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.


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