On Minority Rights in the New York Times

I believe that all minorities have the right to maintain their identity, culture, religion and in locations where they are in the majority, also have the right to autonomy and self-government. I also believe that all citizens have the right to dual citizenship and in areas where national minorities are not emigrants, but indigenous populations who became minorities not by choice, but by the borders being redrawn around them, have the right to maintain special relationships with their nation of origin.

It is also my view that the majority population benefits from accepting the autonomy and local self-government of minority areas, because that eliminates tensions by guaranteeing mutual acceptance and respect, which is key to having a stable and productive society. Similarly, I believe that all societies should respect the language, religion and other traditions of all minority groups.

Some of these views are elaborated on in the letters and articles I have written for various newspapers and other publications.

March 31, 1999

October 26, 1999

February 17, 2000

October 5, 2002

September 4, 2004

September 13, 2007

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