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Subcommission on Human Rights

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Title: The former Working Group on Minorities
Description/subject: "The former Working Group on Minorities was established in 1995 pursuant to Economic and Social Council resolution 1995/31 of 25 July 1995 as a subsidiary organ of the Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (previously called the Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities). Between 1995 and 2006, the Working Group held 12 sessions and aimed at being a forum for dialogue. It facilitated greater awareness of the differing perspectives on minority issues and sought better understanding and mutual respect among minorities and between minorities and Governments. It also acted as a mechanism for hearing suggestions and making recommendations for the peaceful and constructive solution to problems involving minorities, through the promotion and protection of their rights. A wealth of work was undertaken by the Working Group not only on conceptualization of the rights of persons belonging to minorities but also good practices and other measures for the promotion and protection of minorities. Numerous papers on topics such as multicultural and intercultural education; recognition of the existence of minorities; participation in public life, including through autonomy and integrative measures; inclusive development; and conflict prevention were prepared and submitted for consideration by the Working Group. A list of those documents is available here. In 2007, the Working Group was replaced by the Forum on Minority Issues, established by Human Rights Council resolution 6/15..."
Language: English, Francais, Espanol, Russian, Arabic, Chinese
Source/publisher: United Nations
Alternate URLs: http://www2.ohchr.org/english/issues/minorities/group/9session.htm
Date of entry/update: 05 January 2011