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Rights of Minorities

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Rights of minorities are a pressing issue in Europe. Ethnic conflicts have flared up after the disintegration of the Soviet Union in the early nineties and the establishment of sovereign States in the Baltic and in the Caucasus. In Western Europe there is a growing need for protection of minority groups, for example protection of groups of Muslims after the implementation of measures of counter-terrorism taken by governments after September 11, 2001, and because Islam is increasingly being confused with terrorism. This chapter briefly deals with ethnic, linguistic, and religious minorities. There are, however, other groups with ascribed minority status, such as groups of persons with disabilities and groups of persons with a sexual preference that results in them being treated as minorities. The core aim of the provisions concerning protection of minorities' rights is protection and promotion of a person's identity as a member of a minority group.

Keywords:ethnic minorities; linguistic minorities; religious minorities; Soviet Union



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