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Minority members have certain rights to self-government?

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Political & Civic Participation
25/01/2013 - 10:53
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Rights for minorities to self-government do not exist. Yet, the national minorities are granted specific rights that consider their special status and allow for certain forms of political representation.
In late 2004, leading organisations of each of the four national minorities founded the Minderheitenrat (Minority Council). The Minority Council initiated for a parliamentary working group on minority issues to be set up. Also, an independent Secretary for Minority Issues has been installed at the Office of the Federal Commissioner for Minorities. These developments have led to an enhanced political impact on the part of the national minorities.




  1. Peucker, Mario (2009): Racism, Xenophobia and Ethnic Discrimination in Germany – Update Report 2009, p. 36f., Accessed on 16.01.2012.
  2. Constitution (Grundgesetz, GG), art. 28,, Accessed on 11.01.2012.

Groups affected/interested Migrants
Type (R/D)
Key socio-economic / Institutional Areas Political discourse -parties - orgs, Political participation
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