First European Forum on Minority Issues Held in Brussels

2019-05-14
First European Forum on Minority Issues Held in Brussels

The European Regional Forum on Education, Language and the Human Rights of Minorities took place in Brussels, Belgium on 6-7 May 2019.

The European Regional Forum on Education, Language and the Human Rights of Minorities, the first-ever European forum on minority issues, was held at the European Parliament in Brussels on 6-7 May, 2019. The Forum was organized by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on minority issues and the Tom Lantos Institute, in cooperation with other organizations working in the field of minority rights. Discussions were structured around four main key issue areas related to education in and of minority languages. These included 1) human rights and minority language education; 2) public policy objectives and practices for education in minority languages; 3) effective practices in teaching of and education in minority languages, and 4) resources and management for the effective implementation of human rights obligations.

The Forum was attended by approximately 150 participants representing governments, United Nations mechanisms, bodies and specialized agencies, intergovernmental organizations, regional organizations and mechanisms in the field of human rights, academics and experts on minority issues, civil society representatives, and minority groups. This wide range of stakeholders used this platform to share their knowledge and experience in the area of minority language education. The discussions held at the Forum will help to provide regional insight on the topic, and will serve as the basis for the development of draft recommendations related to minority language education ahead of the 12th United Nations Forum on Minority Issues to be held in Geneva in November.