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Education Rights and Minorities

1 May 1994

Many states see the primary objective of their educational systems as the promotion of national unity and/or economic development. Minority (and majority) groups, on the other hand, see the transmission of their values and culture to their children to be of utmost importance. This report examines the conflicts and relationships between these two views, and also the tensions and support which can exist between minority and majority groups. Furthermore, it looks at the level to which states uphold their educational obligations towards minorities in the context of international law.

Please note that the terminology in the fields of minority rights and indigenous peoples’ rights has changed over time. MRG strives to reflect these changes as well as respect the right to self-identification on the part of minorities and indigenous peoples. At the same time, after over 50 years’ work, we know that our archive is of considerable interest to activists and researchers. Therefore, we make available as much of our back catalogue as possible, while being aware that the language used may not reflect current thinking on these issues.

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