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Key Linguistic Rights Documents Online
Please also see THIS webpage
1) UNESCO’s MOST Clearinghouse on Linguistic Rights
§ Phase I, 1994-2003 (note that this is now somewhat dated): www.unesco.org/most/ln2nat.htm
o International Legal Instruments (declarations, conventions etc.)
o National Constitutions w/provisions on language (cf “without” list!)
o Non-governmental documents
Some of the principal ones are listed below. The MOST site generally only contains excerpts related to language rights, and/or links to the full document.
Please suggest others that you think should be here (contact me here)
UN documents in red; European (CoE) documents in blue; others in black. Documents ordered by date.
§ UN Convention relating to the Status of Refugees (1951)
§ UNESCO Convention Against Discrimination in Education (1960)
o www.unesco.org/most/lnlaw3.htm for excerpts
§ UN Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees (1967)
o www.unesco.org/most/lnlaw7.htm for excerpts
§ European Charter for
Regional or Minority
o http://conventions.coe.int/Treaty/en/Treaties/Html/148.htm for full text
o http://conventions.coe.int/Treaty/Commun/QueVoulezVous.asp?NT=148&CM=1&DF=19/01/2011&CL=ENG - see “List of Declarations...” for individual states’ interpretations, restrictions and implementations – the devil is in the details...
o www.unesco.org/most/lnlaw8.htm for summary & link
§ Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (1994) (CETS no. 157)
o http://conventions.coe.int/Treaty/en/Treaties/Html/157.htm for full text
o http://conventions.coe.int/Treaty/Commun/QueVoulezVous.asp?NT=157&CL=ENG – see “List of Declarations...” for individual states’ definitions of NM, and recognition of specific NMs in their territories
o www.unesco.org/most/lnlaw13.htm for excerpts
Last updated on 06 February 2013