South Tyrol and the Unites Nations

On 21.9.22 a “High-level meeting” of the United Nations took place on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Minorities. Participant was also the governor of South Tyrol, Arno Kompatscher. The autonomous province of South Tyrol was mentioned several times as an example for the resolution of minority conflicts.

Fernand de Varennes, Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues at the UN Human Rights Council (foto: UN Web TV, source: LPA), opened the meeting, citing South Tyrol as an example of successful minority protection: “The South Tyrol dispute settlement 30 years ago is a good example of how two governments – Italy and Austria – managed to resolve tensions and conflicts peacefully through years of negotiations and a process of dialogue.”

You can listen to the opening and Austria’s contribution here:

Here you find the contribution of Italy:

Arno Kompatscher with Ilze Brands Kehris (Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights), Alexander Van der Bellen and Fernand de Varennes (Foto: LPA)

The Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities was adopted by the UN General Assembly on December 18, 1992. Among its most important provisions is that “persons belonging to national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities shall have the right to enjoy their own culture, to profess and practise their own religion and to use their own language, in private and in public, freely and without interference or discrimination of any kind” (Article 2.1).

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