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Language Rights of Linguistic Minorities: A Practical Guide for Implementation
Place of publication | Year of publication | Collation: 
Geneva | 2017 | 37 p.
Corporate author: 
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
© Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) 2017

The purpose of this Guide is to further assist policy makers and rights holders in understanding and implementing the linguistic human rights of linguistic minorities. This touches upon the necessary balance between a state’s official language (or languages) and its obligations to use or respect the language preferences of linguistic minorities. These language rights can also contribute towards preserving the world’s linguistic diversity. The Guide aims to:

● clarify what are the various human rights of linguistic minorities relevant to language use and preferences;

● clarify the obligations of state authorities towards linguistic minorities;

● support the development and continuous improvement of effective and cost-efficient approaches and practices for these linguistic human rights; and

● promote consistent approaches to the participation and inclusion of minorities and implementation of their language rights.


Resource Type: 
Toolkits and practical guides
Human rights / Human dignity
Multilingual / Bilingual / Mother tongue
Level of education: 


Multilingual; Mother tongue; Human rights