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The Shift In The Perception Of Multiculturalism At The United Nations Since 1945

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This chapter discusses the following issues: prevention of discrimination, genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the treatment of vulnerable groups such as minorities and indigenous populations. The discussion includes the United Nations' programmes, international instruments and international tribunals in this regard. The chapter describes the theory of the Clash of Civilizations and the United Nations reaction thereto, as this theory may be conceived as a denial of peaceful coexistence in a multicultural world. The principles of equality and non-discrimination are set out clearly in the Charter of the United Nations, which repeatedly refers to realization of human rights and fundamental freedoms "by all without distinction as to race, sex, language or religion". During the Cold War period, the concept of multiculturalism remained a marginal issue, until the human rights programme of the United Nations started to have its grips on it.

Keywords: crimes against humanity; genocide; human rights; indigenous populations; multiculturalism; non-discrimination; United Nations; vulnerable groups; war crimes



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