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Section II, Article 10

Fernand de Varennes

From: The Rights of Minorities: A Commentary on the European Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

Edited By: Marc Weller

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 17 April 2024

Indigenous peoples — Religion — Minorities — Right to language — Human rights remedies

This chapter comments on Article 10 of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM). Article 10, which touches upon the use of national minority languages, is significant because it directly addresses what other provisions of the Framework Convention only skirt: the extent to which a state must put aside its own exclusive language preferences and permit, or even require public authorities to use a national minority language in addition to an official one. Article 10 also confronts the often-held belief that a state must be united by a common, or in extreme views, exclusive, working language used by public authorities. This stance has led many states to actively suppress, discourage, or ignore national minority languages and, to this day, some states maintain repressive attitudes and practices premissed on the belief that an official language requires an exclusive linguistic approach.

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