National minorities constitute almost fourteen percent of the population of the Republic of Serbia. The main aim of the article is to present the mechanism for the protection of minority rights in Serbia. The authoress also compares them with the corresponding European standards. Moreover, she discusses in detail some of the major political, cultural, educational, linguistic, and social problems of the minorities living in this territory. The article thus deals with the following minorities: Albanians who live in southern Serbia, Muslims from Sanjak, Hungarians from Vojvodina (the second biggest minority in Serbia), as well as the Vlahos, Romanians and Roma people, who are scattered all over the country. All of these ethnic minorities are indeed strongly demanding legal protection from the state. The issues of their distribution and status in the light of their ethnicity versus the global society are also tackled in the article.
Anna Jagiello-Szostak, c/o Uniwersytet Wroclawski, Instytut Studiów Miedzynarodowych, ul. Koszarowa 3, 51-149 Wroclaw, Poland
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