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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Protection of Ethnic Minorities

Matt Watson

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 22 October 2021

Subject(s):
Equality regardless of country of origin — Equality regardless of nationality — Equality regardless of tribe or clan — Equality — Protection of religious minorities — Ethnic minorities — Linguistic minorities — Religious minorities

General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum.
Managing Editor: Ana Harvey

1 A sizeable proportion of the world’s constitutions (54 of 194) guarantee to their citizens equality without regard to ethnicity, and/or expressly prohibit discrimination on the grounds of ethnicity. These and other constitutional provisions designed to protect members of ethnic minorities are closely tied up with the protection of racial and national minorities, to say nothing of linguistic minorities. It is necessary at the outset, then, to get clear on how the concept of an ‘ethnic minority’ is invoked in various constitutions, and on the extent to which these...
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