1. Recognition of a certain degree of autonomy, in cases distinguished on a personal or territorial basis (see below), is one way democratic and pluralist jurisdictions regulate minority issues and accommodate different ethnic groups (see also protection of ethnic minorities). In international law there are no universally accepted definitions of the term ‘autonomy’ nor of the term ‘minority’. Nor is it possible to find any general claim to autonomy—such as a claim to self-administration, self-government or self-rule—on the part of minority groups towards their...
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