Multiculturalism and the problems of self-determination of ethnocultural minorities

  • Irada Nuriyeva Azerbaijan State University of Oil and Industry
Keywords: multiculturalism, state policy, right to self-determination, national and cultural autonomy


The article on «Multiculturalism and the problems of self-determination of ethnocultural minorities» covers an explanation of the multiculturalism concept, its manifestation in state policy and the solution of the problem of self-determination of national minorities and ethnic groups in international practice. The similar and distinctive features are derived and shown with Nagorno-Karabakh, which is the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan.  Self-determination can be achieved without the formation of the new sovereign states. There is also another level of self-determination in the international practice: national and cultural autonomy promoting the preservation by the representatives of different ethnic communities, in particular, by small ethnic groups, national and other minorities, of their own way of life, their languages, cultures, traditions, etc. within the supremacy of territorial integrity and the sovereign rights of the states on the territories they live.  Any nation, any population can survive and develop in case of preservation of specify of their culture, cultural identity. Azerbaijan firmly adheres to the principles of an independent, legal and democratic society. The Republic of Azerbaijan has always stated that the protection of the rights and freedom of citizens is regarded as a determining factor in the existence of a democratic society.


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How to Cite
Nuriyeva, I. (2018). Multiculturalism and the problems of self-determination of ethnocultural minorities. Grani, 21(4), 34-39.