Harold F. Schiffman
haroldfs at ccat.sas.upenn.edu
Thu Feb 3 18:15:25 UTC 2005
IBARRETXE'S PLAN DEFEATED IN THE SPANISH PARLIAMENT
Barcelona 2/2/2005 by Alexia Bos Solé
The President of the Basque government, the lehendakari Juan José Ibarretxe,
defended his Plan on Tuesday for the Proposal for the Reform of the
Political Statute of the Basque Autonomous Community, in the Spanish Lower
House, the "Congreso" following a decision by the Basque
Parliament finally to send Ibarretxe himself to defend the Plan. While the
Plan was defeated in the Spanish Congress, the Basques will now vote in
their own election in April. It will be seen as a vote both to further
endorse the Plan and for the right to self-determination.
STERILISATION OF ROMA WOMEN: SLOVAKIA REPORTS TO THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE
Prague / Praha 2/2/2005 by Candida Hornakova
Slovakia has recently submitted the second report on its compliance with the
Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM). The
report, which was presented 11 months after it was due, contributes to an
image of positive developments marked by the country's ratification of the
European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages and its initial report
on the implementation of the Charter from 5.12.2003. However, human rights
groups have reported on the uninformed sterilization of Roma women and
racist tendencies in Slovakia.
ESTONIA PREPARES FOR LANGUAGE CHANGEOVER IN RUSSIAN-MEDIUM SCHOOLS
Tallinn 1/31/2005 by Alexander Shegedin
Estonia is following Latvia's example over education in Estonia's
Russian-medium schools. As a result, 60% of subjects in these schools will
be taught in Estonian and only 40% in "other languages", that is
Russian. The reform will take effect in 2007, but according to a new opinion
poll, some teachers, parents and schoolchildren oppose the reform.
SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT COMMITTEE BACKS GAELIC BILL BUT WARN THAT "REAL
COMMITMENT" WILL BE REQUIRED FROM THE SCOTTISH EXECUTIVE
Brussels 1/28/2005 by Davyth Hicks
The Scottish Parliament Education Committee published its Stage 1 report on
the general principles of the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Bill on Tuesday.
The Bill seeks to establish Bòrd na Gàidhlig in statute with a
responsibility to oversee the development of Gaelic and to secure its status
as an official language of Scotland.
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