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International Human Rights Law

International Human Rights Law (10th edn)

Rhona K. M. Smith
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date: 01 October 2023

p. 35819. Indigenous peoples’ and minority rightslocked

p. 35819. Indigenous peoples’ and minority rightslocked

  • Rhona K. M. SmithRhona K. M. SmithProfessor of International Human Rights, Newcastle University


This chapter examines the scope and application of indigenous peoples’ rights and minority rights in international human rights law. It discusses the recognition of the need for minority protection in the drafting of the International Bill of Human Rights; analyses the provisions of Art 27 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; and describes tests employed to determine minority status. The chapter also considers developments in the protection of minority rights in Europe. The rights of indigenous peoples are also examined.

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