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Economic and Social
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GENERAL
E/CN.4/Sub.2/AC.5/2001/2
2 April 2001
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COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS
Sub-Commission on the Promotion and
Protection of Human Rights
Fifty-third session
Working Group on Minorities
Seventh session
14-18 May 2001

Final text of the
Commentary to the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging
to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities
By Asbjørn Eide
Chairperson of the Working Group on Minorities of the Sub-Commission
on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights
I. INTRODUCTION
1.
In 1992, in its resolution 47/135, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the
Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic
Minorities. The Assembly requested that intensified efforts be made to disseminate information
on the Declaration and promote understanding thereof.
2.
This commentary has been prepared in the context of the Working Group on Minorities
of the Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights. It is intended to
serve as a guide to the understanding and application of the Declaration. The first draft, prepared
by me as Chairman, was submitted to the Working Group on Minorities for discussion in 19981
and was subsequently circulated to Governments, intergovernmental and non-governmental
organizations and individual experts for comments. A compilation of those comments was

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