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The Forum on Minority Issues was established to provide a platform for promoting dialogue and cooperation on issues pertaining to national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities, as well as thematic contributions and expertise to the work of the Special Rapporteur on minority issues. It was established pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 6/15 of 28 September 2007, renewed by resolution 19/23 of 23 March 2012.
The Forum 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 President of the Human Rights Council appoints a Forum chairperson for each session. The chairperson is chosen from experts on minority issues, on the basis of regional rotation, and in consultation with regional groups.
The Forum identifies and analyzes best practices, challenges, opportunities and initiatives for the further implementation of the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities.
The Forum on Minority Issues is open to:
We particularly welcome participants belonging to minorities who are actively engaged in promoting and protecting minority rights.
The Forum on Minority Issues has focused on the human rights of minorities in the context of issues such as hate speech and social media, education and learning, statelessness and more.