People, Minority and Indigenous

People, Minority and Indigenous

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Gayim, Eyassu
People, Minority and Indigenous. Interpretation and Application of Concepts in the Politics of Human Rights
Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights
Erik Castrén Institute Research Reports 20
Helsinki 2006, 228 pp.


This book focuses on the meaning of the expressions "people", "minority" and "indigenous" especially in the practices of States and the United Nations. The author describes the way in which such constructions support and oppose particular policies, giving or denying an international voice to particular groups. He has examined the diplomatic and political processes of definition, and has related suggested meanings to particular actors struggling for the recognition of their interests. It is important to understand the political reasons used to attain solutions to socio-political problems.


ISBN 952-10-3508-0
ISSN 1457-5965