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Review of the 8th Session of the United Nations Working Group on Minorities

Review of the 8th Session of the United Nations Working Group on Minorities I. INTRODUCTION This practice report deals with the 8th session of the United Nations Working Group on Minorities (UNWG), which was held in Geneva from 27 to 31 May 2002. The report first addresses the aim and mandate of the UNWG in general. Subsequently, the main agenda items of the 8th session are discussed. The emphasis is, however, on two proposals: first, the drafting of a Code of Conduct on the Implementation of the Declaration on Persons belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities (hereinafter 'Code of Conduct'), and, second, the establishment of a United Nations Special Representative on Minority Issues. Finally, the last part of this report focuses on the recommendations made concerning the future role of the Working Group. II. AIM AND MANDATE OF THE UNITED NATIONS WORKING GROUP The adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Persons belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious, and Linguistic Minorities' (hereinafter 'Minority Declaration') in 1992 cre- ated a normative framework for the United Nations (UN) approach to minority issues. In addition, the Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights established a Working Group on Minorities in 1995, which is authorized to examine ways and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Yearbook of Minority Issues Online Brill

Review of the 8th Session of the United Nations Working Group on Minorities

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Brill
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Abstract

I. INTRODUCTION This practice report deals with the 8th session of the United Nations Working Group on Minorities (UNWG), which was held in Geneva from 27 to 31 May 2002. The report first addresses the aim and mandate of the UNWG in general. Subsequently, the main agenda items of the 8th session are discussed. The emphasis is, however, on two proposals: first, the drafting of a Code of Conduct on the Implementation of the Declaration on Persons belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities (hereinafter 'Code of Conduct'), and, second, the establishment of a United Nations Special Representative on Minority Issues. Finally, the last part of this report focuses on the recommendations made concerning the future role of the Working Group. II. AIM AND MANDATE OF THE UNITED NATIONS WORKING GROUP The adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Persons belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious, and Linguistic Minorities' (hereinafter 'Minority Declaration') in 1992 cre- ated a normative framework for the United Nations (UN) approach to minority issues. In addition, the Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights established a Working Group on Minorities in 1995, which is authorized to examine ways and

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European Yearbook of Minority Issues OnlineBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2002

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