Forum on Minority Issues

UPDATE: The Recommendations Report of the Twelfth session of the Forum: A C E F R S

Education, Language and the Human Rights of Minorities

Twelfth Session of the Forum on Minority Issues

Dates: 28-29 November 2019

Venue: Room XX, 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 Room VII.

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

Online registration for the list of speakers will open 22 November at 9:00 a.m. and will close 27 November at 4:00 p.m.
Please, register here for the list of speakers.
IMPORTANT: For additional information regarding the registration for the List of Speakers, please, consult the Factsheet or Practical Information.


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