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Equality and Non-discrimination: Fundamental principles of minority language rights

de Varennes, F. (2017) Equality and Non-discrimination: Fundamental principles of minority language rights. In: Castellino, J., (ed.) Global Minority Rights. Routledge as part of the Taylor and Francis Group, pp. 445-456.

Link to Published Version: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315254203-21
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Abstract

A modern democratic State must be based on respect for fundamental human rights which also includes linguistic aspects. To understand this, it is necessary to consider the link between minority language rights and the values of tolerance, coexistence and integration. It is impossible for a State to be absolutely neutral in terms of cultural or linguistic preferences. All governments must use at least one language for the conduct of their affairs and to communicate with their population. The right to have access to public services or to communicate with public entities in a minority language is an important point of intersection between minority interests and common interests of coexistence and integration. But, there are many practical implications to be taken into account. Only when there are enough individuals who demand it and when they are in significant numbers in a particular region does it become necessary for the government to offer public services in a minority language.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Publisher: Routledge as part of the Taylor and Francis Group
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/65105
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