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The recognition and protection of minority rights under international law began with the
establishment of the League of Nations which adopted several “minority treaties”. When the United
Nations was set up in 1945 to replace the League of Nations, it too, gradually developed a number of
norms, procedures and mechanisms with an aim to protect minorities. Apart from UN various
international statutes and standards have provided the broad framework for the protection and
promotion of these minorities.
This article is an endeavor by the author to ascertain the meaning of the term „Minority‟ as enshrined in
different international statutes. Author has also made an attempt to analyze the scope of minority rights
at the international forum. Article also consist analysis of various international statutes providing array
of rights to the minorities with help of relevant case laws.