European instruments on human and minority rights

Patrick Thornberry

in Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print August 2002 | ISBN: 9780719037931
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700617 | DOI:
European instruments on human and minority rights

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Emanating principally from the Council of Europe, key European instruments have considerable potential to advance human rights strategies of indigenous groups. The Council of Europe's statutory principles are pluralist democracy, respect for human rights and the rule of law. Two major texts are accounted for in this chapter: the European Convention on Human Rights 1950 and the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities 1995. Other texts, including those emanating from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe are discussed in the overall narrative of the chapter. A characteristic of European human rights law is its preoccupation with minority rights as well as general human rights. The concern with minorities is historically embedded, even if the texts on minorities are recent products.

Keywords: European law; human rights; indigenous groups; European Convention on Human Rights; minorities; Council of Europe

Chapter.  13254 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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