The present Guide offers information related to norms and mechanisms developed to protect the rights of persons belonging to national, ethnic, religious or linguistic minorities. It includes detailed information about procedures and forums in which minority issues may be raised within
the United Nations system and in regional systems. By focusing on the work related to minorities and by also covering selected specialized agencies and regional mechanisms, the present Guide complements information contained in Working with the United Nations Human Rights Programme: A Handbook for Civil Society (OHCHR, 2008), which provides practical guidance on the United Nations human rights mechanisms in general.
The information contained in the Guide is accurate as of 1 January 2012. It is hoped that this Guide will be useful in assisting minority advocates to make full and effective use of existing international mechanisms and, ultimately, to promote and protect the rights guaranteed under international instrument.
The UN HRBA Portal is supported by the UN Development Group – Human Rights Working Group (UNDG-HRWG). The content of the UN HRBA Portal does not necessarily reflect the views of the UNDG-HRWG member agencies.