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Standards To Eliminate Compounded Discrimination: The Case Of The Intersectionality Of ‘Minorities Within Minorities’ Or, Why Universal Legal Standards Must Engage With The Concept Of Culture

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This paper seeks to shed light on the complex relation between the human condition causing compounded discrimination and international human and minority rights law. It is particularly concerned with the issue of culture in this relationship. First, The author offers a brief overview of some of the theoretical issues related to understanding, regulating and adjudicating compounded discrimination. Next, He gives a brief overview of the current international approach to eliminate compound discrimination followed by a discussion of the problems facing universal legal standard-setting in terms of substantive rights of members of minorities and infringements of these. Then he examines some of the possible remedies suggested by scholars to overcome these cultural dilemmas. In concluding, he offers a modest idea of how to mainstream against compounded discrimination in universal legal standard-setting as well as a proposal for how universal legal standards might adopt a richer notion of culture in future standard-setting.

Keywords: compounded discrimination; international human; Legal standards; minority rights law; Theoretical Issues



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