16. 09. 2019.

MEDIA ADVISORY - Regional Forum on Minority Issues to discuss Asia-Pacific in Bangkok 

Regional Forum on Minority Issues to discuss Asia-Pacific in Bangkok

GENEVA (16 September 2019) – The voices of minorities from around Asia and the Pacific will be at the forefront of the Asia-Pacific Regional Forum on Minority Issues organised by the UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Fernand de Varennes with the assistance of the Tom Lantos Institute.

Participants from governments, United Nations mechanisms, bodies and specialised agencies, civil society representatives, including representatives of minorities will meet on 20 and 21 September  at Mahidol University in Bangkok, to discuss the rights of linguistic minorities and the use of their languages in education, which is one of the thematic priorities of the Special Rapporteur.

During two days the Forum will focus on:

Human rights and minority language education;

Public policy objectives and practices for education in minority languages;
Effective practices in education in and teaching of minority languages, including resources and management for the effective implementation.

The two-day discussion will provide regional insights and recommendations  in relation to the topic ahead of the annual Forum on Minority Issues  in Geneva scheduled to take place on 28 and 29  November at the United Nations in Palais des Nations.

The Forum is open to the media, and interviews can be arranged with the UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Dr Fernand de Varennes, as well as Forum participants, who will be able to share their personal stories and perspectives.

To learn more about the Asia-Pacific Regional Forum, please visit:



Pursuant to Human Rights Councilresolution 6/15 of 28 September 2007 renewed by resolution 19/23 of 23 March2012, a forum on minority issues has been established to provide a platform for promoting dialogue and cooperation on issues pertaining to national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities, as well as thematic contributions and expertise to the work of the Special Rapporteur on minority issues. The Forum shall identify and analyze best practices, challenges, opportunities and initiatives for the further implementation of the Declaration on the Rights ofPersons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities.

The Forum meets annually for two working days allocated to thematic discussions. The Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Mr Fernand de Varennes, is tasked to guide the work of the Forum, prepare its annual meetings and report on the thematic recommendations of the Forum to the Human Rights Council.

For additional information and media requests please contact:

Mr. Jeremy J Laurence, Media Officer, at +41 22 9179383 /

Or the Mandate of the Special Rapporteur on minority issues  at: +41 22 917 9181 /

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