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A Liberal Model of Minority Rights for an Illiberal Multiethnic State? The Case of the Lao PDR

Vatthana Pholsena

in Multiculturalism in Asia

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9780199277629
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603303 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199277621.003.0004
A Liberal Model of Minority Rights for an Illiberal Multiethnic State? The Case of the Lao PDR

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This chapter discusses the reasons why Kymlicka’s liberal model of minority rights is not (or not yet) applicable in Laos. Nonetheless, Kymlicka’s theories are relevant to the search for a form of nation-building that would reconcile ethnic minority rights, national identity, and social unity in Laos, if and when a more democratic political environment is established in the country. It discusses which kind of minority rights and for which groups in Laos would be consistent in both state cohesion and security on the one hand, and justice and freedom for members of minority groups on the other.

Keywords: Laos; liberal theory; minority rights; minority policy; Kymlicka; multiculturalism

Chapter.  13880 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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