Basic Documents on Autonomy and Minority Rights

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Hurst Hannum
Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, Mar 29, 1993 - Law - 779 pages
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The scope of arrangements which provide for some degree of autonomy' is almost unlimited, as are the norms and means which have been adopted to protect minority rights. "Documents on Autonomy and Minority Rights" offer examples of some of the unique structures which have been developed to respond to geographic, political, ethnic, linguistic, and other differences under a single sovereignty. They present a broad spectrum of domestic constitutional provisions, statutes, and political agreements, as well as a comprehensive collection of relevant international instruments. The first section includes documents adopted on a global or regional basis to set standards for the protection of minority rights and the rights of indigenous peoples. The second section includes a wide range of national documents related to minority rights and/or autonomy. The last section contains historical documents. The author has written a brief introduction to each document to give the reader unfamiliar with the situation to which a document pertains enough information to consider its context. No single text can be used as a model of autonomy, for every situation is unique. At the same time, however, greater knowledge of a broad range of successful and unsuccessful arrangements may inspire new ideas with which to address conflicts which have claimed tens of thousands of lives in recent years. At the very least, the ingenuity evidenced in some of the documents should encourage experimentation and underscore the need of going beyond the mere recitation of definitions of federalism, consociation, devolution, or other constitutional models. The great variety of institutional arrangements, the detailed provisionsdeveloped to resolve particularly difficult local problems, and the flexibility in addressing issues such as revenue-sharing or participation in international organizations, demonstrate that neither sovereignty' nor self-determination' need stand in the way of innovative solutions.
 

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Contents

Covenant of the League of Nations 1920 Article 22
3
Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial
20
UNESCO Convention against Discrimination in Education
27
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights adopted 16
33
International Labour Organisation Convention No 169
45
Document of the Copenhagen Meeting of the Conference on the
60
Proposal for a European Convention for the Protection of
66
Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or
78
Netherlands Antilles
352
Nicaragua
381
Niue
400
Northern Ireland
421
The Philippines Mindanao
428
South Tyrol
460
Sri Lanka
496
Switzerland Jura
533

Guidelines on the Recognition of New States in Eastern Europe
84
Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People as adopted
102
Aland Islands
115
Basque Country Euzkadi
144
Belgium
179
Czech and Slovak Federal Republic
189
Fiji
196
Greenland
212
Hong Kong
219
Hungary
273
Iraq Kurdistan
316
Lithuania
325
Cyprus
553
Danzig Free City of
591
Eritrea
628
Memel Territory
662
Poland
682
Sudan
688
Switzerland
702
Trieste Free Territory of
728
Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
741
Yugoslavia
761
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
769
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Hurst Hannum is Professor of International Law at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He has served as counsel in cases before the European and Inter-American Commissions on Human Rights and the United Nations.

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