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What is a national minority

There is no general agreement on what  a national minority is. No convention does contain a description or definition of what constitutes a national minority.

In his keynote address at the opening of the OSCE Minorities Seminar in Warsaw in 1994, High Commissioner van der Stoel stated the following:
"... I won't offer you [a definition] of my own. I would note, however, that the existence of a minority is a question of fact and not of definition. In this connection, I would like to quote the Copenhagen Document of 1990 which ... states that 'To belong to a national minority is a matter of a person's individual choice.' ... I would dare to say that I know a minority when I see one. First of all, a minority is a group with linguistic, ethnic or cultural characteristics, which distinguish it from the majority. Secondly, a minority is a group which usually not only seeks to maintain its identity but also tries to give stronger expression to that identity."

Source: http://www.osce.org/hcnm/13022.html 



"(32) To belong to a national minority is a matter of a personís
individual choice and no disadvantage may arise from the exercise of such choice.
Persons belonging to national minorities have the right freely to
express, preserve and develop their ethnic, cultural, linguistic or religious identity and to maintain and develop their culture in all its aspects, free of any attempts at assimilation against their will."

DOCUMENT OF THE COPENHAGEN MEETING OF THE CONFERENCE ON THE HUMAN DIMENSION OF THE CSCE, 29 June 1990