Advocacy for the protection of national minorities in the basic law

Advocacy for the protection of national minorities in the Basic Law

Schleswig-holstein and saxony advocate protection of national minorities and ethnic groups in the basic law.

He had reached agreement with michael kretschmer, head of the government of saxony, on a corresponding motion for a resolution in the bundesrat (upper house of parliament), schleswig-holstein’s minister president daniel gunther (both CDU) told the deutsche presse-agentur (german press agency). Numerous national constitutions – for example in the north – already contain provisions in favor of the national minorities and ethnic groups resident there. There is no such thing in the basic law.

The following clause is to be included in article 3 of the basic law: "the state shall respect the identity of the autochthonous minorities and ethnic groups recognized in germany in accordance with the framework convention for the protection of national minorities of the council of europe."The inclusion of such a formulation underscores germany’s overall responsibility to protect national minorities, gunther said.

According to the CDU politician, this can also send a strong signal of support for german-speaking minorities in eastern europe. "Especially vis-à-vis the countries in which german minorities live today, an inclusion in the german constitution would be a clear sign of the credibility of german minority policy."It is not about individual rights for the members of the recognized autochthonous minorities and ethnic groups. "Rather, it is a question of protecting the linguistic and cultural identity of the national minorities and ethnic groups that have traditionally lived here."

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