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Will Kymlicka on Human Rights - Dictionary of Arguments

Gaus I 251
Human rights/Kymlicka/Kukathas: Traditional human rights doctrines, Kymlicka suggests, simply give us no guidance on these questions:
Official language/education: these included questions about which languages should be recognized in the parliaments, bureaucracies and courts; whether any ethnic or national groups should have publicly funded education in their mother tongue;
Internal boundaries: whether internal boundaries should be drawn so that cultural minorities form majorities in local regions; whether traditional homelands of indigenous peoples should be reserved for their benefit; and what degree of cultural integration might be required of immigrants
seeking citizenship (1995a(1): 4—5).

Human rights/Kymlicka: (...) unless they are supplemented with a theory of minority rights, human rights theory will not enable us to address some of the most pressing issues confronting us in places like Eastern Europe, where disputes over local autonomy, language, and naturalization threaten to leave those regions mired in violent conflict. Kymlicka's ambition, therefore, has been to develop a liberal theory of minority rights that explains 'how minority rights coexist with human rights, and how minority rights are limited
Gaus I 252
by principles of individual liberty, democracy, and social justice' (1995a(1): 6). >Minority rights/Kymlicka.


1. Kymlicka, Will (1995a) Multicultural Citizenship: A Liberal Theory of Minority Rights. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Kukathas, Chandran 2004. „Nationalism and Multiculturalism“. In: Gaus, Gerald F. & Kukathas, Chandran 2004. Handbook of Political Theory. SAGE Publications


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Kymlicka, Will
Gaus I
Gerald F. Gaus
Chandran Kukathas
Handbook of Political Theory London 2004


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