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The First United Nations Mandate on Minority Issues

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ISBN13: 9789004288768
Published: November 2015
Publisher: Brill Nijhoff
Country of Publication: The Netherlands
Format: Hardback
Price: £129.00



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Across the world, ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities are subjected to hate crimes, systematic discrimination and marginalization. Religious minorities have recently faced particular threat in certain regions, while in other parts of the globe identity based on race or ethnicity has been used as a basis for exclusion.

In The First United Nations Mandate on Minority Issues, Gay McDougall curates a selection of reports she produced as UN Independent Expert on Minority Issues. The collection, with her introductory analysis, reveals the challenges and opportunities faced in her attempt to highlight the plight of these oppressed communities around the world and to shape an important new mechanism for the UN’s protection of their rights.

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Subjects:
Human Rights and Civil Liberties
Contents:
Foreword
Acknowledgements
Part I Introduction
The First Mandate: Experiences and Lessons Learned
I. Introduction
II. The Legal Framework
III. The Scope of the Mandate and Methods of Work
IV. Issues Highlighted
V. The Voices of Minorities
VI. Cooperation, Collaboration, and Implementation
VII. Assessing Potential for Influence
VIII. Concluding Thoughts
Part II Country Visit Reports
Mission to Bulgaria (2011)
I. Introduction
II. Non-discrimination and Equality: Legal and Institutional Framework
III. The Situation of the Roma Minority
IV. Religious Minorities in Bulgaria
V. Recognition and Rights of Macedonian and Pomak Communities
VI. Conclusions and Recommendations
Mission to Colombia (2011)
I. Introduction
II. Overview
III. Legal Framework and Enforcement Mechanisms
IV. Discrimination and Poverty
V. Violence and Displacement
VI. Dispossession of Afro-Colombian Lands
VII. The Right to Consultation and Participation in Decisionmaking
VIII. Conclusions and Recommendations
Mission to Dominican Republic (2007)
I. General Background
II. Methodology of the Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance and the Independent Expert on Minority Issues
III. Racism and Racial Discrimination
IV. Issues Relating to Documentation of Civil Status and Citizenship
V. Analyses and Conclusions of the Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance and the Independent Expert on Minority Issues
IV. Joint Recommendations of the Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance and the Independent Expert on Minority Issues
Mission to Ethiopia (2006)
I. Recognition of Minorities in Ethiopia
II. Legal and Political Context
III. Ensuring Group Survival
IV. Language and Culture
V. Non-Discrimination and Equality
VI. Political Participation of Minorities
VII. Poverty
VIII. Conclusions
IX. Recommendations
Mission to France (2008)
I. Legal and Political Context
II. Identity, Language, Culture and Religion
III. Non-Discrimination and Equality
IV. Political Participation of Minorities
V. Conclusions and Recommendations of the Independent Expert
Mission to Greece (2008)
I. Introduction
II. Legal Framework and Implementing Institutions
III. Religion, Language, Culture and National Identity
IV. Discrimination against the Roma
V. Exceptional Issues Facing Minority Women
VI. Political Participation of Minorities
VII. Conclusions and Recomme;ndations
Mission to Viet Nam (2010)
I. Introduction
II. Non-Discrimination and Equality
III. Addressing the Poverty of Ethnic Minorities
IV. Language and Education
V. Religious Minorities
VI. Political Participation of Minorities
VII. Conclusions and Recommendations
Part III Thematic Reports
Achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for Minorities: A Review of MDG Country Reports and Poverty Reduction Strategies (2007)
I. Minority Rights and the MDGs
II. MDG Country Reports Review
III. Global initiatives on Minorities and the MDGs
IV. Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs) and Minorities
V. Conclusions and Recommendations
Minorities and the Discriminatory Denial or Deprivation of Citizenship (2007)
I. Introduction
II. Minorities and the Discriminatory Denial or Deprivation of Citizenship
III. Historical and Political Context
IV. International Law Considerations
V. Impact of Discriminatory Denial or Deprivation of Citizenship on Minorities
VI. Regional Practices
VII. Activities of International, Regional and National Organizations
VIII. Conclusions and Recommendations
Minority Rights and Conflict Prevention (2010)
I. Introduction
II. Protection of Minority Rights: A National Tool for Avoiding Violent Conflicts
III. A minority Rights Perspective at the International Level: A Tool for Conflict Prevention
IV. Conclusions and Recommendations
Part IV Recommendations from the UN Forum on Minority Issues: The Right to Equal Access to Quality Education (2008)
Recommendations from the UN Forum on Minority Issues: The Right to Equal Access to Quality Education (2008)
I. Education
II. Core Principles
III. Essential Requirements for an Effective Education Strategy
IV. Equal Access to Quality Education for Minorities
V. Learning Environment
VI. Content and Delivery of the Curriculum.