Source: Deccan Chronicle
Belgaum border row in some time will be an international issue, as mes leader Madhavrao Chavan will file a petition before the United Nation’s Human Rights Commission (HRC) against, what he alleges, is the failure of the Karnataka government to protect the rights of Marathi’s in the state.
Article 27 of the special chapter of the International Civil and Political Rights Convention, 1966 of the UN speaks about giving due protection to religious, social and economic rights of linguistic minorities. Mr.Chavan has already confirmed with the external affair’s ministry that people from India can file a petition individually before the HRC in such matters. This is last act as no other recourse as Marathi people who form 21 per cent of the population in Belgaum district have been subjected to various problems.
Marathi’s have no freedom of expression, Marathi schools lack infrastructure and basic amenities. No official documents are published in Marathi although the constitution says that linguistic minorities should be given all official documents in their mother tongue.
Other lawyers in the city find this approach to be a dressing and taking such issues internationally would create a divide between the two linguistic communities.
This bit of news has not been covered in the local Marathi Media as yet.