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Cultural rights protect minority groups and their traditions in order to protect them from extinction. The contemporary world is going through turbulent times, whereby technological advancements and globalization are changing the way people interact and this has continued to contribute to erosion of traditions, which are important and should be protected.
It may be necessary to note that vernacular languages are important in passing traditions from one generation to the other. This is one reason why the debate to declare English as the official language in the US has been met with a lot of resistance as doing so would lead to assimilation of minority groups. The US is a country, which is rich in cultural diversity since it has more than 300 communities speaking in different languages. Every community has its own traditions, which are passed from one generation to the other with the facilitation of the vernacular languages. However, forcing them to speak in English will only interfere with this important process not forgetting that it would also be against the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Wilson 43). Article 27 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) requires states and governments to respect and protect cultural diversity where it is present (Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights 2007). However, minority groups throughout the world continue to be discriminated against either on the basis of their religion, race, ethnicity or their population size. ...
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