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MOST Clearing House Linguistic Rights

UNESCO MOST Policy on Linguistic Rights



 
 

Introduction

 

UNESCO MOST Policy on Linguistic Rights

 

International Legal Instruments

 

Major Non-Governmental Documents

 

National Constitutions

 

Bibliography

 

Links

 
 
UNESCO's MOST Programme has put special emphasis on policy-oriented research in multicultural societies. The following contributions address legal and social issues related to the development of democratic policies in multilingual societies.
      This paper discusses major legal conventions and declarations pertaining to linguistic rights and analyses their implementation in a selected number of national constitutions. A Spanish version of this text (Hablar o no hablar), as well as a French version (Parler ou ne pas parler) are also available.
      This paper introduces a social science perspective on problems of linguistic diversity and connects it to the legal analyis of linguistic rights as well as to the formulation of multicultural language policies.
      This document was prepared by a panel of internationally recognised experts consulted by the Foundation on Inter-Ethnic Relations, a non-governmental organisation established in 1993 to carry out activities in support of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities. It makes a number of precise recommendations for state practices in the area of minority education, and in particular minority language education.
      This document was also prepared by a panel of internationally recognised experts consulted by the Foundation on Inter-Ethnic Relations, a non-governmental organisation established in 1993 to carry out activities in support of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities. Its recommendations are aimed at clarifying the content of minority language rights, many of which are based on basic international human rights.


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