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Is self-identification of individuals/groups a criterion for recognition and respect of minority or ethnic cultural linguistic religious groups' rights by the state/government?

Key Area:
Public Life, Culture, Sport & Media
Discrimination, Equality
08/03/2012 - 12:48
Short Answer

Self-identification is not a criterion for minority, ethnic, cultural, linguistic or religious groups' right to recognition by the Irish government. This is evident from  its first report to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) in 2004. Here the Irish government refused to recognize Travelers as a distinct ethnic group despite their self-identification as such (census).

Qualitative Info

“In regard to the scope of the Report it should be noted that Irish Travellers do not constitute a distinct group from the population as a whole in terms of race, colour, descent or national or ethnic origin.”

-From the report to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), 2004

Groups affected/interested Migrants, Roma & Travelers, Muslims, Ethnic minorities, Religious minorities, Linguistic minorities, Majority, National minorities
Type (R/D) Religious intolerance, Inter-ethnic, Intra-ethnic, Nationalism, Homophobia, On grounds of other belief, Anti-roma/ romaphobia
Key socio-economic / Institutional Areas Policing - law enforcement, Employment - labour market, Housing, Health and social protection, Education, Culture, Political discourse -parties - orgs, Political participation, Anti-discrimination, Anti-racism, Integration - social cohesion, Daily life, Religion
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