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Minority Rights in Europe: European Minorities and Languages

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Edited by: Snezana Trifunovska, Fernand de Varennes

ISBN13: 9789067041270
ISBN: 9067041270
Published: March 2002
Publisher: T.M.C. Asser Press
Country of Publication: The Netherlands
Format: Hardback
Price: £81.00



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Throughout the history of the European continent minorities have had a significant impact on political stability and security. Currently, most of the situations involving internal tension, as well as conflicts, whether internal or international, involve inter-ethnic relations. It is therefore not surprising that the international community at large and - for the European minorities more importantly -- the European institutions have placed minority issues high on their agenda. One of these issues concerns minority languages, the subject of the present volume. The possibility to communicate and to be educated in one's own language is one of the most crucial aspects of a person's and a group's identity. This book deals with minority languages in the OSCE area in a systematic way. It provides information which facilitates discussion in scientific, governmental and non-governmental circles dealing with both human rights protection and security issues and assists in finding solutions to particular situations concerning minority languages.;In the first part of the book, academics and experts from various countries subject a number of questions concerning the linguistic rights of minorities to scientific scrutiny. The second part deals with activities and developments within major international organizations and the third part provides a survey of relevant national legislation and documents. This volume contains the most extensive collection of both international and national documents and excerpts from documents relating and/or relevant to the linguistic rights of minorities. It is a valuable source of reference to public and academic work and, as such, is an indispensable tool in the development of rules and policies which protect the linguistic rights of persons belonging to minorities.

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Subjects:
Human Rights and Civil Liberties
Contents:
Foreword
Editorial board
Abbreviations Part I. Academic Discussion: The linguistic rights of minorities in Europe Fernand de Varennes
All languages - great and small: A look at the linguistic future of Europe with particular reference to lesser used languages Donall O Riagain
Non-territorial languages: Romany as an example Marcia Rooker
A never-ending story? The Italian draft Bill on the protection of linguistic minorities Francesco Palermo
The Frisian language in the Netherlands Floris van Laanen
Linguistic rights in Spain Giovanni Poggeschi
Steps towards a minority policy in Sweden Sia Spiliopoulou Akermark
Part II. International Activities and Documents: United Nations: the protection of minorities within the United Nations Cecilia Thompson
Documents
Council of Europe
Protection of linguistic rights within the Council of Europe Snezana Trifunovska
Documents
The European Union
A rough orientation through a delicate relationship: the EU's endeavours for its minorities Gabriel von Toggenburg
Documents
Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
Linguistic rights and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Edwin Bakker
The protection of minority language rights through the work of OSCE Institutions John Packer
Documents
Council of the Baltic Sea States
Protection of rights of persons belonging to minorities in the Baltic Sea States Ole Espersen and Hanne Fugl
Central European Initiative
Activities of the Central European initiative in the field of minorities Snezana Trifunovska
Documents
Part III. National Activities and Documents: Introductory remarks The OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, Max van der Stoel
Report on the linguistic rights of persons belonging to National minorities in the OSCE area, March 1999
Survey of national activities and documents
Albania
Andorra
Armenia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Belarus
Belgium
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bulgaria
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Georgia
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Italy
Kazakstan
Kyrgyzstan
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macedonia (The Former Yugoslav Republic of)
Malta
Moldova
Monaco
The Netherlands
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Russian Federation
San Marino
Slovak Republic
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Tajikistan
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Ukraine
United Kingdom
Yugoslavia (Federal Republic of).