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On Protection of Minority Language Rights In European Integration
September 28,2016   By:chinahumanrights.org
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Li Juan (photo: Zhao Yifan)

On Protection of Minority Language Rights In European Integration
 
Li Juan

Lecturer of Southwest University of Political Science and Law
 
ABSTRACT: The effective protection of minority language rights in the context of multiculturalism,which is directly related to the achievement of "unity in diversity" or "coexistence",the steady and unity of nation-state,as well as socialand global harmony. The protection of minority language rights in the process of European integration hasits own characteristics——the principle of non- discrimination and universal human rights,dimensionof individualism and principle of language diversity,which political and legal reason is to promote European integration. Firstly,the principle of universal human rights and the characteristics of minority language rights facilitate the political legislation of Europan integration and the construction of a supranational order. Minority language rights can be the instrumental premise and institutional premise,which will contribute to the achievement of the democratic process. Secondly,protection of minority language rights facilitates the construction of European citizenship. Minority language rights are the requirement of European citizens who have European citizenship and the achievement of minority language rights is the basis and premise of the achievement of other European civil rights. Finally, protection of minority language rights facilitates the construction of European identity. Minority language rights can construct a public space of dialogue and negotiations by eliminating the influence of the former political ethic values and personal bias,and the values of universal human rights,democracy and cultural diversity based on minority language rights facilitate construct the European identity.
 
Key words: minority language rights; European integration; legislation; European citizenship; European identity