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Minorities

“Minorities in all regions of the world continue to face serious threats, discrimination and racism, and are frequently excluded from taking part fully in the economic, political, social and cultural life available to the majorities in the countries or societies where they live.”

Navanethem Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (
Statement on Human Rights Day, 10 December 2009)


Introduction

All countries in the world include persons belonging to national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities, enriching the diversity of their societies. Although a great variety of minority situations exist, common to all is the fact that, too often, minorities face multiple forms of discrimination resulting in marginalisation and exclusion. Achieving effective participation of minorities and ending their exclusion requires that we embrace diversity through the promotion and implementation of international human rights standards.

The protection of the rights of minorities is provided for under article 27 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and article 30 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. However, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities is the document which sets essential standards and offers guidance to States in adopting appropriate legislative and other measures to secure  the rights of persons belonging to minorities.  Overall, States through their commitments under treaty law, and minorities themselves, or their representatives can influence the human rights monitoring and implementation procedures and work toward securing effective participation and inclusion.
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Recent publications

Promoting and Protecting Minority Rights: A Guide for Advocates

Promoting and Protecting Minority Rights: A Guide for AdvocatesPublished: 2013
Language:
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Minority Rights: International Standards and Guidance for Implementation

Minority Rights: International Standards and Guidance for ImplementationMinority Rights: International Standards and Guidance for Implementation (HR/PUB/10/3) (PDF)

Published: February 2011
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Highlights


International Roma Day
"Exposed and excluded: addressing
forced eviction and the housing
rights of Roma" - Panel discussion
to mark International Roma Day

Newsletter

IPMS Newsletter No. 9
(September - December 2012)
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IPMS Newsletter No. 8
(May - August 2012)
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IPMS Newsletter No. 7
(January - April 2012)
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Participation of Minorities in Policing: Community Policing as a Good Practice

The inclusion of religious minorities in consultative and decision-making bodies

Addressing Forced Evictions of Roma and Travellers

OHCHR Study Opportunities

OHCHR Minorities Fellowship Programme

Fellowship updates

IPMS Newsletter No. 9
(September - December 2012)
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IPMS Newsletter No. 8
(May - August 2012)
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IPMS Newsletter No. 7
(January - April 2012)
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OHCHR Study Opportunities

OHCHR Minorities Fellowship Programme

Fellowship updates

lease note that the call for applications for the 2014 OHCHR Minorities Fellowship has been extended until Monday, 5th of May 2014. Eligible candidates are encouraged to apply for Arabic, English or Russian language components of the Programme. We also welcome applications for the OHCHR Senior Minorities Fellowship.
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