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Minority Rights in Europe : European Minorities and Languages - Snezana Trifunovska

Minority Rights in Europe

European Minorities and Languages

By: Snezana Trifunovska (Editor)

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Published: 4th April 2001
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Throughout the history of the European continent minorities have had a significant impact on political stability and security. Currently, most of the situations involving internal tension, as well as conflicts, whether internal or international, involve inter-ethnic relations. It is therefore not surprising that the international community at large and - for the European minorities more importantly -- the European institutions have placed minority issues high on their agenda. One of these issues concerns minority languages, the subject of the present volume. The possibility to communicate and to be educated in one's own language is one of the most crucial aspects of a person's and a group's identity. This book deals with minority languages in the OSCE area in a systematic way. It provides information which facilitates discussion in scientific, governmental and non-governmental circles dealing with both human rights protection and security issues and assists in finding solutions to particular situations concerning minority languages. In the first part of the book, academics and experts from various countries subject a number of questions concerning the linguistic rights of minorities to scientific scrutiny. The second part deals with activities and developments within major international organizations and the third part provides a survey of relevant national legislation and documents. This volume contains the most extensive collection of both international and national documents and excerpts from documents relating and/or relevant to the linguistic rights of minorities. It is a valuable source of reference to public and academic work and, as such, is an indispensable tool in the development of rules and policies which protect the linguistic rights of persons belonging to minorities.

Foreword
Editorial board
Abbreviations
Academic Discussion: The linguistic rights of minorities in Europe
All languages - great and small: A look at the linguistic future of Europe with particular reference to lesser used languages
Non-territorial languages: Romany as an example
A never-ending story? The Italian draft Bill on the protection of linguistic minorities
The Frisian language in the Netherlands
Linguistic rights in Spain
Steps towards a minority policy in Sweden
International Activities and Documents: United Nations: the protection of minorities within the United Nations
Documents
Council of Europe
Protection of linguistic rights within the Council of Europe
Documents
The European Union
A rough orientation through a delicate relationship: the EU's endeavours for its minorities
Documents
Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
Linguistic rights and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
The protection of minority language rights through the work of OSCE Institutions
Documents
Council of the Baltic Sea States
Protection of rights of persons belonging to minorities in the Baltic Sea States
Central European Initiative
Activities of the Central European initiative in the field of minorities
Documents
National Activities and Documents: Introductory remarks The OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities
Report on the linguistic rights of persons belonging to National minorities in the OSCE area, March 1999
Survey of national activities and documents
Albania; Andorra; Armenia; Austria; Azerbaijan; Belarus; Belgium; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Bulgaria; Croatia; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; Estonia; Finland; France; Georgia; Germany; Greece; Hungary; Iceland; Ireland; Italy; Kazakstan; Kyrgyzstan; Latvia; Liechtenstein; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Macedonia (The Former Yugoslav Republic of); Malta; Moldova; Monaco; The Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Portugal; Romania; Russian Federation; San Marino; Slovak Republic; Slovenia; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Tajikistan; Turkey; Turkmenistan; Ukraine; United Kingdom; Yugoslavia (Federal Republic of)
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ISBN: 9789067041270
ISBN-10: 9067041270
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 606
Published: 4th April 2001
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 25.1 x 16.31  x 3.56
Weight (kg): 1.08