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Minorities and the State in Africa By Michael U. Mbanaso and Chima J. Korieh ...

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Minorities and the State in Africa

Introduction

African Mosaic

The Dilemmas of a Multiple Society

Chima J. Korieh and Michael U. Mbanaso

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In those States in which ethnic, religious or linguistic minorities exist, persons belonging to such minorities shall not be denied the right, in community with other members of their group, to enjoy their own culture, to profess and practice their own religion, or to use their own language.

Article 27 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

The rights of minorities has become a major issue of concern in recent times.1