Promoting minority rights in the context of economic, social and cultural rights in South Africa

29 Aug 2013

Introduction: It has been commonly thought that if ethnic, religious and national minorities are allowed to give expression to their respective group attachments, then that should be deemed sufficient protection against discrimination. Equality demands in democracies that all citizens be entitled to similar rights and, there- fore, it was deemed unnecessary for the state or anyone else to treat minority groups any differently. They did not have to be provided with specific group- differentiated rights, such as, for example, language rights that would assist them in expressing their ethnicity, religion or nationality.