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Title: Exploring the concepts of minority and minority language in International Human Rights Law.
Authors: Maja, Innocent
imaja@law.uz.ac.zw
imaja@ibj.org
info@leninchisaira.com
innocent@majasque.com
Keywords: Minority Rights
International Human Rights Law
Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (CCPR)
Numerical inferiority
Subjective criterion
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: University of Zimbabwe
Citation: Maja,I. (2018). Exploring the concepts of minority and minority language in International Human Rights Law. University of Zimbabwe Law Journal, 1(1). 167-186.
Abstract: International human rights law does not currently define a minority. For instance, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights protects minority rights in article 27 without defining the term minority. The Human Rights Committee did not define the term in the Diergaardt case.2. Nor did the African Commission define the term ‘minority’ in Malawi African Association and Others v Mauritania.3 The term minority was not even defined by the Kenyan High Court in IL Chamus v The Attorney General and Others.4Yet various human rights instruments protect minorities.Beyond definition, a number of groups have alleged that they are minorities and deserve protection under international human rights law. This article seeks to explore the concepts of minority and minority language in international law and unpack who can be protected under the banner ‘minority.’
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10646/3897
ISSN: 2617-2046
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