United Nations Unit Recommends Study of Position of Minorities
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United Nations Unit Recommends Study of Position of Minorities

The Sub commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities adopted a three-part resolution today recommending a study of the present position of minorities throughout the world and also recommending that facts concerning minorities be included in two separate proposed studies on discrimination in the fields of education and employment.

Part A of the resolution requests the Commission on Human Rights to recommend to the Economic and Social Council the appointment of an expert to carry out a “selective” study giving an account of the position of “every minority in need of special protection measures,” including a description of the present measures in force.

Part B of the resolution requests the rapporteur on discrimination in education “to report on any facts that may come to his attention relevant to the question of the general trend and development of legislation and practices with regard to the teaching of minorities languages, the teaching of the cultural heritage of minorities in general, and the teaching in minority languages.” It also suggests that the International Labor Organization – the agency to carry out a study on discrimination in employment on behalf of the subcommission – likewise report on facts as they affect minorities.

A third part of the resolution refers to two draft resolutions (entitled “interim measures to be taken for the protection of minorities” and “effective measures for the protection of minorities”) adopted by the subcommission at earlier sessions and now considered no longer adequate, and decides that the subcommission will consider these matters at a future session.