PDF - Mechanisms for the implementation of minority rights (2005)
This publication offers a comprehensive and critical overview of the political and legal mechanisms that are available at both European and international levels for the implementation of minority rights standards. Amongst the aspects covered in separate chapters are: the United Nations treaty monitoring bodies; the proceedings before the International Court of Justice; the Council of Europe's treaties and mechanisms (the European Court of Human Rights mechanism, the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities and the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages); the OSCE political commitments and mechanisms in the human dimension, including the High Commissioner on National Minorities, and the EU contribution to the protection of minorities and the prevention of discrimination. For each chapter, the authors discuss prospects for the future and provide practical guidance for minority rights practioners.This work will be of interest to human rights scholars, students of international law and international relations, non-governmental organisations and other institutions involved in minority issues.
Introduction - Minority rights, human rights: a review of basic concepts, entitlements and implementation procedures under international law
Chapter 1 - The United Nations treaty monitoring bodies and minority rights, with particular emphasis on the Human Rights Committee
Chapter 2 - The role of the United Nations Working Group on Minorities
Chapter 3 - The International Court of Justice
Chapter 4 - Using the European Court of Human Rights to protect the rights of minorities
Chapter 5 - The Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities
Chapter 6 - The European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages
Chapter 7 - Implementing minority rights in the framework of the CSCE/OSCE
Chapter 8 - European Union standards and mechanisms for the protection of minorities and the prevention of discrimination
Chapter 9 - Bilateral agreements and their implementation
Useful websites, selected bibliography, appendices
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