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Minority Rights and the Roma of Europe

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This chapter provides an opportunity to examine how regional transnational courts, such as the European Court of Human Rights, influence states to provide cultural protection for minority groups. It illustrates how the regional implementation of those human rights that are inclusive of minority protection contrast with those provided for in United Nations treaties. The Roma have a long and unique relationship with European states, and this can serve to illustrate whether or not a common regime of minority rights safeguards the cultural development of the Roma. The case of the Roma highlights the necessity to provide cultural protection for minority groups in Europe. Civil rights legislation that protects individuals against discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual preference disability, or national origin, for example, does not contemplate protection of cultural group practices such as the Roma's association with travel.

Keywords: Cultural Protection; European states; minority rights; Roma groups



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