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MOST Clearing House Linguistic Rights

Major Non-Governmental Documents




UNESCO MOST Policy on Linguistic Rights


International Legal Instruments


Major Non-Governmental Documents


National Constitutions





Non-governmental sectors of society are also prominent players in the area of Linguistic Rights. Whether actively involved in the protection of minorities, indigenous peoples or human rights in general, many Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) have made efforts to identify or develop appropriate standards pertaining to language or linguistic minorities. Their contribution cannot be overlooked in what continues to be an evolving process.

As part of its efforts to provide a more complete perspective in social science research on language conflicts as well as in policy-making, UNESCO's MOST Programme has collected the relevant sections from some of the more prominent NGO documents from around the world.

A number of these documents have been provided by Dr Fernand de Varennes, a well-known expert on minority rights and Director of the Asia-Pacific Centre for Human Rights and the Prevention of Ethnic Conflict.

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