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Davidson and McIntyre v Canada

Human Rights Committee Communications nos. 359/1989, views of the committee, 31 March 1993, U.N. doc. CCPR/C/47/D/359/1989/385/1989, para 11.4

Keywords: Human Rights Committee, Canada, language, state control  

‘A State may choose one or more official languages, but it may not exclude, outside the spheres of public life, the freedom to express oneself in a language of one’s choice.’

Suggests that in any given school (public life) a State may be allowed to decide which languages classes are to be given in; a similar conclusion to that drawn by the European Court of Human Rights in the Belgian Linguistic Case.