In a report by Rita Izsak to the United Nations Human Rights Council in April, she cited various historical and other factors that are causing a decline in minority languages.
International laws covering the rights to speak a minority language that she cited include:
- the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights,
- the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and
- the 1992 Declaration on Minorities
Models she cited for standards are the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages and the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.
She also noted that 19 out of approximately 20 languages spoken in Cambodia are endangered. (The Ethnologue gives 24 languages, of which 14 are endangered or dying.)
Read more on her report in “UN expert warns of decline in minority languages.”