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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Minorities, International Protection

Kristin Henrard

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 24 August 2019

Subject(s):
Minorities — Ethnicity — Self-determination — Languages, regional or minority

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 The starting point in relation to the concept minority is that there is still no generally accepted definition in positive international law . The extant international instruments do not include definitions of minority. An exception is Art. 1 Convention on Ensuring the Rights of Persons Belonging to National Minorities of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) which takes up requirements of a separate identity and the wish to hold on to that identity, a numerical minority position and also the traditional nationality requirement. However this definition...
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