Hungarian Yearbook of International Law and European Law


The Recognition of the Universal Fate of Minorities

Keywords national minorities, minority protection, minority rights, Capotorti report, definition of minorities
Authors András Bethlendi
Author's information

András Bethlendi
András Bethlendi: president, Advocacy Group for Freedom of Identity, Cluj Napoca; Ph.D. candidate, Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest.
  • Abstract

      This article examines the international protection of national minorities in the first decade after World War II, challenging the notion that it was believed to be no longer a subject of concern during that time. The author reviews the work of the UN Sub-Commission on the Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities, highlighting the intensive efforts made from 1947 to 1955 on the issue of the rights and definition of national minorities. The article argues that the adoption of Resolution 217 C (III), ‘The Fate of Minorities’, marked a new start in the development of the protection of national minorities and emphasizes that the protection of national minorities must be treated as an integral part of human rights.

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