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New Institutions for Human Rights Protection$
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Kevin Boyle

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199570546

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570546.001.0001

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Minority Rights: Norms and Institutions

Minority Rights: Norms and Institutions

(p.175) 6 Minority Rights: Norms and Institutions
New Institutions for Human Rights Protection

Gudmundur Alfredsson

Oxford University Press

This chapter outlines and analyses the main human rights and minority rights instruments that have been adopted by a range of international and regional organizations; presents an overview of monitoring procedures and institutions concerned with minority rights; and identifies some never-ending problems such as the definition of the term ‘minority’ and the question of individual and group rights. It argues that current international activities relating to minority rights are characterized by scattered standards and weak institutions, and demonstrates the reluctance of governments in this field. The only notable international institutional trends concern the case-law of two treaty bodies and the dialogue functions of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities.

Keywords:   minorities, indigenous peoples, individual rights, group rights, dialogue, non-governmental organizations, NGOs, OSCE

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