Created in order to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities (1992-2012), this publication aims to offer readers a comprehensive review, written by a variety of scholars in the field, of the value and impact of the standards formulated in the Declaration. In so doing, it hopes to stimulate attention for and debate around the Declaration and its principles. The regional perspectives and case studies included further enable the identification of positive initiatives and good practices as well as persistent gaps in the implementation of the standards enshrined in the Declaration.
Ugo Caruso, LL.M. (Torino) is Associate at the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) and former researcher at the European Centre for Minority Issues. He is also a member of the International Law Association, Italian Branch.
Rainer Hofmann, Dr. iur. (Heidelberg) is Professor of International and European Law and Public Law at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University of Frankfurt am Main and former President of the Advisory Committee on the Council of Europe’s Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.
Table of contents
Introduction and Acknowledgements
Ugo Caruso and Rainer Hofmann;
PART I – History and Relevance of the Declaration in the Work of the United Nations
Chapter One: Historical Background on the Declaration
Chapter Two: Minority Rights and the United Nations
Chapter Three: Article 27 ICCPR: A First Point of Reference
Chapter Four: An Overview of the UN Declaration and Major Issues Involved
Chapter Five: The United Nations Forum on Minority Issues and its Role in Promoting the UN Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities
PART II – Challenges and Opportunities in the Implementation of the Declaration
Chapter Six: Participation of Minorities in Constitution Building
Chapter Seven: The Enigma of Human Rights Responsibilities: Religious Minorities and the UN Declaration on Minorities
Chapter Eight: The UN Declaration on Minorities’ Vision on ‘Integration’
Chapter Nine: ‘New’ Minorities, Integration Policies and the UN Declaration on Minorities
Stephanie E. Berry;
PART III – Regional Perspectives
Chapter Ten: The European Regime and the Applicability of the UN Declaration
Chapter Eleven: The 1992 UN Declaration on Minorities and the African Human Rights System
Chapter Twelve: The Declaration and its Guidance: A View from South Asia
Joshua Castellino & Elvira Domínguez-Redondo;
Chapter Thirteen: ASEAN: Background and Human Rights Mechanisms
Arie Bloed & Nicole Girard;
Chapter Fourteen: The UN Declaration and the Organization of American States
Chapter Fifteen: History is not a Destiny: Minority Rights and Multiculturalism in the Arab World
Appendixes; List of Contributors; Index.