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    STUDIA IURISPRUDENTIA - Issue no. 2 / 2007  
         
  Article:   THE CULTURAL FREEDOM OF NATIONAL AND ETHNIC MINORITIES IN HUNGARY IN THE CONTEXT OF THE MINORITY ACT.

Authors:  JUDIT ZELLER.
 
       
         
  Abstract:  The matter of minorities is a much-debated issue in the contemporary world, including the legal field. Although international institutions and scholars did not yet reach an agreement as far as the definition of minorities is concerned, there are a number of international agreements dealing with the protection of minorities, the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights occasionally addresses this matter and a number of scholars, parties, non-governmental organisations or simple citizens engage in sometimes fierce debates on the same topic. The purpose of this article is neither to define minorities, nor to rule on the extent of their rights, in a specific territory. The author chose to describe and analyse a model - the Hungarian model of cultural freedom for national and ethnic minorities, as regulated by the Hungarian Minority Act. The approach is completed by a thorough analysis of the jurisprudence of the Hungarian Constitutional Court in this field and it points out that although the legal regulation has to be ameliorated as well, the main goal should be to introduce chages in the mentality and in the way of thinking in connection with minority questions.  
         
     
         
         
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