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Minority Rights in Yugoslavia

1 February 2000

This new MRG Report demonstrates that numerous minorities are currently at risk and several regions could see ethnic tensions rising to produce yet more conflicts. In addition to the position of ethnic Albanians, it focuses on the most vulnerable minorities including the Bosniaks (Muslims), Roma and Vlachs. The author discusses the potential for conflict in several regions, most notably in Sandzak and Vojvodina, in addition to the potential for Montenegro seceding from Yugoslavia. The Report concludes with recommendations to promote inter-ethnic understanding, peaceful coexistence and the rule of 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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