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UN Special Procedures issues official communication to France over discrimination against territorial languages

UN Special Procedures have issued an official communication to the French state noting their concerns over discrimination against territorial languages following the Constitutional Court’s intervention against the Molac Law in July 2021. The Communication is a follow-up to the European Language Equality Network (ELEN) letter of allegation sent to the UN Special Rapporteur for Minorities in 2021. The UN Communication calls on the French state to provide information on the implementation of the Molac Law for regional languages and how the constitutional court decision has affected this. The Communication notes: “We fear that the adoption and application of this decision could lead to significant violations to the human rights of linguistic minorities in France.”

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CoE condemns aggression Russian Federation

The Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages 

adopted a statement condemning the aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, finding it unacceptable to use the situation of Russian as a minority language in Ukraine as a pretext for the aggression.

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Croatia: right of education in mother tongue

16 ethnic minorities in Croatia exercise the right of education in their mother tongue, which covers education ranging from pre-school to secondary school. That is what an Education Ministry's official said on the Zagreb Conference 'Inter-cultural education in minority languages and script'.

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Northern Catalonia agrees with the French state

that all students can learn Catalan


Catalan will gradually be extended to schools in northern Catalonia and within ten years all pupils who so wish will be able to learn it. This is laid down in the agreement signed in Perpignan by the French state, the region of Occitania and the department of the eastern Pyrenees. The Public Office of the Catalan Language (L’Oficina Pública de la Llengua Catalana) will be in charge of dynamising and monitoring the annual application of the agreement, which will be carried out on the basis of a specific agreement that will specify the practical aspects.

New campaign:
Teachers for Valencian

A manifesto coordinated by Plataforma per la Llengua urges public institutions to make a legislative and economic effort to stop the decline of Valencian in education. Signatures are collected through the campaign website.

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FUEN platform around minority language teaching

FUEN is working on the launch of a digital platform around minority language teaching. The platform is primarily intended to inspire, promote cooperation and to master current challenges.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina: new ECRML report

The Council of Europe’s Committee of Experts states that a lack of co-ordination continues to hinder the implementation of the European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages.

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Avel·lí Flors-Mas director of 'Revista de Llengua i Dret'

Mercator Network CUSC-UB researcher Avel·lí Flors-Mas has been designated as the new director of the journal ‘Revista de Llengua i Dret’ (Journal of Language and Law).

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Saatjitji, Saamaka and Sranan

Videos for non-Dutch speaking students in Brokopondo (Suriname)

Doc: Sense Ficció

CUSC-UB researchers in docu on future Catalan language

Language organisations denounce audiovisual law

Representatives of organisations in favour of the minority languages Galician (AMESA), Basque (Euskalgintzaren Kontseilua), Catalan (Plataforma per la Llengua, Òmnium Cultural, ACPV, Escola Valenciana, FOLC and CIEMEN), Aragonese (Nogará) and Asturian (Iniciativa Pol Asturianu) protested against the new general audiovisual law.

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Wallonia: 'Language Plan' to increase employment rate

The Belgian region of Wallonia adopted a new 'Language Plan'. Professional languages training will be organised in professions for which languages are an asset for finding employment. The plan also includes continuing to provide language immersion scholarships for job seekers and students. A total amount of 2.75 million euros is dedicated to it.

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Online course 'Discourses on the promotion of Catalan'

A new online edition of the course ‘Els discursos sobre ...’ (Discourses on the promotion of Catalan. Perspectives and arguments) is to be held in the 2022/2023 academic year, organised by CUSC-UB, the Secretariat for Language Policy (Government of Catalonia) and the Department of Philology and Linguistics (Universitat de Barcelona).

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Minorities of the Danish-German Borderland

The Summer School Minorities of the Danish-German Borderland (7-13 August 2022) is organised by the Universities of Southern Denmark, Kiel, Flensburg and Marburg and others. It sheds light on the different narratives, visit regional memorials, and discuss the relevance of staged remembrance for today’s society.

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‘Historic day’ for Irish language Community as Acht Gaeilge finally to be ‘introduced’ in Westminster


Conradh na Gaeilge - the democratic forum for the Irish-speaking community- has reacted to the news that the long overdue Irish language legislation promised in New Decade New Approach is introduced at Westminster. The bill will create a new office for an Irish language commissioner who will develop best practice standards for public authorities, alongside repealing the 1737 Act of Justice (Ireland) legislation which banned Irish from courts.


13-16 July 2022, Ghent (Belgium)
Sociolinguistics Symposium 24 - Inside and beyond binaries
Organised by Ghent University

18-22 July 2022, Gandia (Spain)
Summer School: 'Minority Languages: Rights and Practices'
Organised by University of Valencia and ELEN

4-5 August 2022, Tromsø (Norway)
4th International Symposium on Bilingual and L2 Processing in Adults and Children
Organised by the University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway

8-12 August 2022, Koblenz (Germany)
39th International LAUD Symposium 'Multilingualism in Africa: Language contact, endangerment and cultural conceptualisation'
Organised by the University of Koblenz-Landau

25-27 August 2022, online
The Multidisciplinary Approaches in Language Policy and Planning Online Conference (LPP 2022) 

Hosted by the McGill University's Faculty of Education in Montréal (Canada)

29-31 August 2022, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis (Scotland)
Soillse International Conference on Rooting Minority Language Policy in the Speaker Community
Hosted by Soillse, University of the Highlands and Islands

14-16 September 2022, Leeuwarden (Netherlands)
2nd Conference on Frisian Humanities
Organised by Fryske Akademy, Mercator, NHLStenden, the University of Groningen, and RuG/Campus Fryslân

13-16 September 2022, Girona - Perpinyà (Spain/ France)
III International Conference on Revitalisation of Indigenous and Minoritized Languages
Organised by Universitat de Girona, Université de Perpignan – Via Domitia et Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

15-17 September 2022, Zagreb (Croatia)
12th International Conference on Third Language Acquisition and Multilingualism
Organised by University of Zagreb

6-7 October 2022, Joensuu (Finland)
International Conference on Multilingual Awareness and Multilingual Practices
* Call for Papers is open (Deadline 15 July)
Organised by University of Eastern Finland

4-6 May 2023 (!), Ottawa (Canada)
Colloque du CCERBAL 2023 - Bilinguisme et multilinguisme: Compétences transversales, mobilité et bien-être
* Call for Symposia and Papers is open
Organised by Centre canadien d’études et de recherche en bilinguisme et aménagement linguistique (CCERBAL), Institut de langues officielles et du bilinguisme (ILOB), Université d’Ottawa.

26-30 June 2023 (!), Sydney (Australia) - Hybrid conference
International Symposium on Bilingualism (ISB14)
* Call for Symposia and Papers is open
Organised by Macquarie University

17-21 July 2023 (!), Lyon (France)
AILA 2023
* Call for Symposia and Papers is open
Organised by ENS de Lyon

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