UDC 327.58:341
Biblid: 0543-3657, 63 (2012)
Vol. 63, No 1147, pp. 53-72

Izvorni naučni rad
Received: 12 Jul 2012
Accepted: 01 Jan 1970


Jončić Miloš (Istraživač – saradnik u Institutu za međunarodnu politiku i privredu, Beograd), mjoncic@diplomacy.bg.ac.rs

The paper presents several segments which are significant for minority communities. Defining is an important part of any issue, this also including the issue of minorities. For this reason, we have presented several definitions of minorities. So far, no uniform definition of minorities has been adopted and there are various reasons for that. Minority protection can be observed through the prism of internal protection, or protection within a state or through international protection. Discussing international protection of minorities, we should consider two questions. First, what are the instruments or what international treaties relate to minorities guaranteeing and protecting minority rights? And second, what relevant bodies are in charge of minority rights? Finally, one must not omit to present the most important minority rights that should be protected by international law and what minority rights, among others, are mentioned in international documents dealing with this topic.

Keywords: minority rights, allochthonous and autochthonous minorities, ethnic minorities, UN Human Rights Council, OSCE, Council of Europe