Education, Language and the Human Rights of Minorities
Twelfth Session of the Forum on Minority Issues
28-29 November 2019
Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland
The Twelfth Session of the Forum on Minority Issues is convened on 28 and 29 November 2019 pursuant to Human Rights Council
resolution 6/15 of 28 September 2007 and resolution 19/23 of 23 March 2012.
A Preparatory Meeting for all participants will be held on
27 November 2019 from
10 a.m. to 13:00 in Palais des Nations
The Forum is convened on the theme "Education, Language and the Human Rights of Minorities". The rights of linguistic minorities are human rights that must be respected, including in relation to the appropriate degree of use of minority languages. Education in minority languages is fundamental for the protection and promotion of cultural and linguistic diversity and of the human rights of persons belonging to minorities.
The Forum shall analyse practices, challenges, opportunities and initiatives in addressing education in, and teaching of, minority languages as a human rights issue, in line with the principles and rights enshrined in the UN
Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities and other relevant international instruments.
The Forum on Minority Issues meets annually for two working days allocated to thematic discussions. The Special Rapporteur on minority issues guides the work of the Forum, prepares its annual meetings and reports on the thematic recommendations of the Forum to the Human Rights Council. The recommendations of the Twelfth Session will be presented at the 43rd session of the Human Rights Council, in March 2020.
Information on the Twelfth session of the Forum
Registration: Opens 2 September 2019 and closes on 22 November 2019
registration for the
list of speakers will open
22 November and will close 27 November at 4:00 p.m. For additional information regarding the registration for the List of Speakers, please, consult the
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