Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities


Minority rights have been acknowledged through several international treaties as distinct rights of minority groups. Since their different identities require special protection from discrimination and special action to promote the preservation of their cultural diversity, religions and languages, this UN Declaration – adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1992 – considered to be a milestone in human rights protection, however it is non-binding. One of its main aims is that states should provide individuals belonging to minority groups with sufficient opportunities for education in their mother tongue. Members of minorities have the right to “fully” and “effectively” exercise all their human rights and their equal participation in public sphere needs to be supported.