Article 30: Children of minorites or of indigenous peoples


In those States in which ethnic, religious or linguistic minorities or persons of indigenous origin exist, a child belonging to such a minority or who is indigenous shall not be denied the right, in community with other members of his or her group, to enjoy his or her own culture, to profess and practise his or her own religion, or to use his or her own language.

The rights of people belonging to minority groups are violated throughout the world because cultural, religious and linguistic practices that diverge from those of the majority remain outside the control of the state. Childhood is the time when people develop their own identity and form views about the world, so this is often the time when states seek to neutralise minority practices, for instance through school textbooks.