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Section II, Article 12

Patrick Thornberry

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: 20 April 2024

Subject(s):
Indigenous peoples — Minorities — Right to education — Right to language — Human rights remedies

This chapter comments on Article 12 of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM). Article 12 addresses questions of cultural knowledge in the area of minority rights, the ‘human capital’ necessary to deliver this curriculum, and the right of access to it. Taking measures to foster knowledge of majority and minority cultures is envisaged as a duty of states parties ‘where appropriate’. In the gaze of the Convention, diversity, cultural self-knowledge, and mutuality run together as underpinning motifs of educational processes in the wider ‘social’, as well as the narrower ‘curricular’ senses. It would appear from Convention practice that many states make genuine efforts to promote solidarity through education, but that these efforts are patchy and halting.

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