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Language, Minorities and Human Rights

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ISBN13: 9789041102065
ISBN: 904110206X
Published: June 1998
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers
Format: Hardback
Price: £363.00

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One of the most vexing issues in many of the world's so-called ethnic or minority conflicts is the question of language use by the state and its citizens. While international and national law has traditionally viewed language preference to be within a state's prerogative - at least when involving governmental activities and machinery - this position has proved to be a continuous source of acrimony and conflict. This work provides an analysis of various aspects of language and the law. In addition to presenting a theoretical model for language's particular position and relevance in human rights, it constitutes a useful reference document by including the provisions of close to 100 international, multilateral and bilateral instruments involving language rights, as well as the constitutional provisions of 140 countries dealing with language.

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1. Introduction.
2. Historical Overview of Language and Law.
3. Freedom of Expression.
4. Equality and the Prohibition of Discrimination Based Upon Language.
5. Linguistic Minorities and the Use of their Language.
6. State Language Preferences, Practices or Restrictions and Human Rights.
7. Indigenous Peoples and Languages. Appendices: International Declarations and other Non-Binding Instruments; Treaties; National Constitutional Provisions.