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Changing Paradigms In The Traditional Dichotomy Of Old And New Minorities

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An analysis of the differences and similarities of old and new minorities, their claims, needs and priorities will allow us to differentiate the catalogue of rights that can be demanded and granted to, different minority groups. This paper contends that on the basis of a common definition of minorities, encompassing old and new minorities, it is possible to develop a common but differentiated set of minority rights. As seen throughout this paper, this work contends that minority groups, old and new alike, share some common characteristics and thus voice similar claims. Consequently, it is arguably possible to conceive a common but differentiated system of protection. The main claims and rights of minorities can be divided into four main categories-Right to existence, Equal treatment and non-discrimination, Right to identity and diversity, Participation in cultural, social and economic life and in public affairs-which correspond to the historical development of international minority protection.

Keywords: historical development; international minority protection; minority rights; new minorities; old minorities



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