Dialogue with the unwilling: Addressing minority rights in so-called denial states by ECMI Director Dr Tove Malloy is now issued as ECMI Working Paper #77.
In the European Centre for Minority Issues’ Working Paper #77, Dr Malloy sheds light on the behavior of the so-called “unwilling” or “denial” states in the implementation of minority rights in Europe. These states are Belarus, France and Greece.
The working paper, Dialogue with the unwilling: Addressing minority rights in so-called denial states, consists of an analysis of the monitoring systems to which Belarus, France and Greece are subject – in their capacity as members of the UN.
The focus on the analysis is entirely on the UN since the three countries have not signed up to the European normative framework of minority protection. The fact that Belarus, France and Greece have chosen to stand outside the European minority rights regime explains the often employed though less flattering “denial states” label.
Specifically, the Working Paper #77 explores whether the seemingly unwilling governments of Belarus, France and Greece engage in any dialogue with regard to UN minority rights and protection.
“Seemingly”, because one of Dr Malloy’s conclusions is that “the unwilling are not as unwilling as one might suspect.”
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ECMI was established in Flensburg, at the heart of the Danish-German border region, in order to draw from the encouraging example of peaceful coexistence between minorities and majorities achieved here.
ECMI’s aim is to promote interdisciplinary research on issues related to minorities and majorities in a European perspective and to contribute to the improvement of interethnic relations in those parts of Western and Eastern Europe where ethnopolitical tension and conflict prevail.