n Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe - Internasionale ontwikkelinge rakende menseregte, minderheidsregte en taalregte

Volume 42, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0041-4751


Especially since 1990, a new field in human rights thinking has developed. After the classic liberal emphasis on individual rights and the socialist emphasis on socio-economic rights, this third phase is concerned with minority and minority language rights. This is mainly the result of the renewal of ethnic nationalism and hatred after the end of the Cold War. Several international conventions and other documents have been signed, especially under the auspices of the Council of Europe, but also in the General Assembly of the United Nations. This third phase is not seen as a separate direction, but an intrinsic further development of human rights as such. This article explores the extent of new rights added to the establishment canon of human rights and what it means for minority rights and minority politics in South Africa.

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