EXAMINING THE CRUCIAL LINK BETWEEN THE PROTECTION OF MINORITY RIGHTS AND SECURITY PERCEPTIONS OF MINORITIES

This cross-cluster area of focus considers minority security issues within the broader framework of minority rights. Protecting and respecting minority rights enhances the general sense of inclusion of minorities into wider society, which in turn enhances security perceptions. By contrast, when demands for greater rights are rejected, or existing rights are not adequately protected, this can lead to an increase in inter-ethnic tensions and decreased security perceptions.

  • Albanian language rights and inter-ethnic relations in Macedonia
    In recent years, demands for greater language rights have increased tensions between the Macedonian majority and the Albanian minority in Macedonia and have been used as a political bargaining chip by Albanian politica parties. This study aims to map the history of language rights for Albanians since the Ohrid agreement against trends of heightened inter-ethnic tensions to identify correlations.
  • Elections in Bosnia as indicator of security of ethnic minorities
    This project will closely monitor the election campaigns in the lead-up to the Bosnian general elections of 2018. Focus will be on how minorities were portrayed by electoral candidates and what place minority issues have in electoral discourse, as well as the inclusion of minority communities in the democratic process. The monitoring will give an indication of the degree to which minority rights are on the agenda and the general level of inter-ethnic relations. It will also be a useful indicator of minority inclusion and participation in the democratic process, which is an important factor in the overall security perceptions of minorities.

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