Human Rights Summit
World Conference on Human Rights, Vienna 1993
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Chapter II. B. Equality, dignity and tolerance
2. Persons belonging to national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities
25. The World Conference on Human Rights calls on the Commission on Human Rights to
examine ways and means to promote and protect effectively the rights of persons belonging
to minorities as set out in the Declaration on the Rights of Persons belonging to National
or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities. In this context, the World Conference on
Human Rights calls upon the Centre for Human Rights to provide, at the request of
Governments concerned and as part of its programme of advisory services and technical
assistance, qualified expertise on minority issues and human rights, as well as on the
prevention and resolution of disputes, to assist in existing or potential situations
26. The World Conference on Human Rights urges States and the international community
to promote and protect the rights of persons belonging to national or ethnic, religious
and linguistic minorities in accordance with the Declaration on the Rights of Persons
belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities.
27. Measures to be taken, where appropriate, should include facilitation of their full
participation in all aspects of the political, economic, social, religious and cultural
life of society and in the economic progress and development in their country.
28. The World Conference on Human Rights calls on the Working Group on Indigenous
Populations of the Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of
Minorities to complete the drafting of a declaration on the rights of indigenous people at
its eleventh session.
29. The World Conference on Human Rights recommends that the Commission on Human Rights
consider the renewal and updating of the mandate of the Working Group on Indigenous
Populations upon completion of the drafting of a declaration on the rights of indigenous
30. The World Conference on Human Rights also recommends that advisory services and
technical assistance programmes within the United Nations system respond positively to
requests by States for assistance which would be of direct benefit to indigenous people.
The World Conference on Human Rights further recommends that adequate human and financial
resources be made available to the Centre for Human Rights within the overall framework of
strengthening the Centre's activities as envisaged by this document.
31. The World Conference on Human Rights urges States to ensure the full and free
participation of indigenous people in all aspects of society, in particular in matters of
concern to them.
32. The World Conference on Human Rights recommends that the General Assembly proclaim
an international decade of the world's indigenous people, to begin from January 1994,
including action-orientated programmes, to be decided upon in partnership with indigenous
people. An appropriate voluntary trust fund should be set up for this purpose. In the
framework of such a decade, the establishment of a permanent forum for indigenous people
in the United Nations system should be considered.
33. The World Conference on Human Rights urges all States to guarantee the protection
of the human rights of all migrant workers and their families.
34. The World Conference on Human Rights considers that the creation of conditions to
foster greater harmony and tolerance between migrant workers and the rest of the society
of the State in which they reside is of particular importance.
35. The World Conference on Human Rights invites States to consider the possibility of
signing and ratifying, at the earliest possible time, the International Convention on the
Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families.
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