The First United Nations Mandate on Minority Issues

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Across the world, ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities are subjected to hate crimes, systematic discrimination and marginalization. Religious minorities have recently faced particular threat in certain regions, while in other parts of the globe identity based on race or ethnicity has been used as a basis for exclusion.

In The First United Nations Mandate on Minority Issues, Gay McDougall curates a selection of reports she produced as UN Independent Expert on Minority Issues. The collection, with her introductory analysis, reveals the challenges and opportunities faced in her attempt to highlight the plight of these oppressed communities around the world and to shape an important new mechanism for the UN’s protection of their rights.
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Biographical Note

Gay McDougall, J.D. Yale; LL.M. London School of Economics, was UN Independent Expert on Minorities (2005-2011), Member of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (1997-2001) and is currently at the Leitner Center of Fordham Law School.

Review Quotes

"This is a very commendable enterprise because it offers a comprehensive view on the endeavours by the UN in this field in a period in which minority issues had not a really strong standing on the international scene."
-Peter Hilpold, Europa Ethnica

Table of contents

Excerpt of Table of Contents
Foreword; Acknowledgements;
Part I Introduction
The First Mandate: Experiences and Lessons Learned
I. Introduction; II. The Legal Framework; III. The Scope of the Mandate and Methods of Work; IV. Issues Highlighted; V. The Voices of Minorities; VI. Cooperation, Collaboration, and Implementation; VII. Assessing Potential for Influence; VIII. Concluding Thoughts;
Part II Country Visit Reports
Mission to Bulgaria (2011)
I. Introduction; II. Non-discrimination and Equality: Legal and Institutional Framework; III. The Situation of the Roma Minority; IV. Religious Minorities in Bulgaria; V. Recognition and Rights of Macedonian and Pomak Communities; VI. Conclusions and Recommendations;
Mission to Colombia (2011)
I. Introduction; II. Overview; III. Legal Framework and Enforcement Mechanisms; IV. Discrimination and Poverty; V. Violence and Displacement; VI. Dispossession of Afro-Colombian Lands; VII. The Right to Consultation and Participation in Decisionmaking; VIII. Conclusions and Recommendations;
Mission to Dominican Republic (2007)
I. General Background; II. Methodology of the Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance and the Independent Expert on Minority Issues; III. Racism and Racial Discrimination; IV. Issues Relating to Documentation of Civil Status and Citizenship; V. Analyses and Conclusions of the Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance and the Independent Expert on Minority Issues; IV. Joint Recommendations of the Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance and the Independent Expert on Minority Issues;
Mission to Ethiopia (2006)
I. Recognition of Minorities in Ethiopia; II. Legal and Political Context; III. Ensuring Group Survival; IV. Language and Culture; V. Non-Discrimination and Equality; VI. Political Participation of Minorities; VII. Poverty; VIII. Conclusions; IX. Recommendations;
Mission to France (2008)
I. Legal and Political Context; II. Identity, Language, Culture and Religion; III. Non-Discrimination and Equality; IV. Political Participation of Minorities; V. Conclusions and Recommendations of the Independent Expert;
Mission to Greece (2008)
I. Introduction; II. Legal Framework and Implementing Institutions; III. Religion, Language, Culture and National Identity; IV. Discrimination against the Roma; V. Exceptional Issues Facing Minority Women; VI. Political Participation of Minorities; VII. Conclusions and Recommendations;
Mission to Viet Nam (2010)
I. Introduction; II. Non-Discrimination and Equality; III. Addressing the Poverty of Ethnic Minorities; IV. Language and Education; V. Religious Minorities; VI. Political Participation of Minorities; VII. Conclusions and Recommendations;
Part III Thematic Reports
Achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for Minorities: A Review of MDG Country Reports and Poverty Reduction Strategies (2007)
I. Minority Rights and the MDGs; II. MDG Country Reports Review; III. Global initiatives on Minorities and the MDGs; IV. Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs) and Minorities; V. Conclusions and Recommendations;
Minorities and the Discriminatory Denial or Deprivation of Citizenship (2007)
I. Introduction; II. Minorities and the Discriminatory Denial or Deprivation of Citizenship; III. Historical and Political Context; IV. International Law Considerations; V. Impact of Discriminatory Denial or Deprivation of Citizenship on Minorities; VI. Regional Practices
VII. Activities of International, Regional and National Organizations; VIII. Conclusions and Recommendations;
Minority Rights and Conflict Prevention (2010)
I. Introduction; II. Protection of Minority Rights: A National Tool for Avoiding Violent Conflicts; III. A minority Rights Perspective at the International Level: A Tool for Conflict Prevention; IV. Conclusions and Recommendations;
Part IV Recommendations from the UN Forum on Minority Issues: The Right to Equal Access to Quality Education (2008)
Recommendations from the UN Forum on Minority Issues: The Right to Equal Access to Quality Education (2008)
I. Education; II. Core Principles; III. Essential Requirements for an Effective Education Strategy; IV. Equal Access to Quality Education for Minorities; V. Learning Environment;
VI. Content and Delivery of the Curriculum.


Readership

All interested in human rights, the workings of the United Nations and minority/majority relations in countries around the world including institutes, academic libraries, law and post-graduate students, specialists.