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UN Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities

  • By: Franz Dotter & Annika Pabsch
  • In: The SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia
  • Edited by: Genie Gertz & Patrick Boudreault
  • Subject:Physical Disabilities, Otorhinolaryngology (Ears, Nose, & Throat)

The United Nations (UN) Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities was adopted by the UN General Assembly as a resolution in its 92nd plenary meeting on December 18, 1992. The declaration is not a legally binding document and does not form part of the international legal order, unlike multilateral covenants or conventions that are binding on the contracting parties. The declaration explicitly safeguards national or ethnic, cultural, religious, and linguistic minorities, requiring states to protect both their existence and their identity by adopting appropriate legislative and other measures (Article 1).

The declaration is based on Article 27 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which is concerned with the rights of persons belonging ...

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