Harold F. Schiffman
haroldfs at ccat.sas.upenn.edu
Fri May 27 13:27:34 UTC 2005
SCOTTISH GAELIC IN DECLINE IN RURAL AND URBAN STRONGHOLDS
Glaschu/Glasgow 5/25/2005 by Martainn MacLeòid
The position of Scottish Gaelic is weakening significantly in both town and
country according to two newly released research papers.
NEW REPORT PROPOSES IMPROVED LANGUAGE RIGHTS FOR SWEDISH FINNS
Stockholm 5/25/2005 by Paula Tapiola
A considerable improvement in the rights to use the Finnish language in
Sweden is on the way. An official report suggesting a creation of an
administrative area for the Swedish Finns in the area of Mälardalen was
published yesterday. This would mean a much stronger position for half of
the Finnish-speaking population in the country.
SAMETINGET: HUNTING AND FISHING SAMI WIN MOST SEATS BUT NO OVERALL MAJORITY
Stockholm 5/25/2005 by Paula Tapiola
The Hunting and the Fishing Sami Party (Jakt- och fiskesamerna) have won the
elections of the Sametinget, the Swedish Sami Parliament. The party won
three new seats in the Parliament, and has now a total of nine seats on the
FUEN 50th CONGRESS IN BUCHAREST ENDORSES ROMANIAN ETHNIC MINORITY BILL
Bucharest 5/25/2005 by Áron Balló
The independent umbrella organisation of the ethnic minorities in Europe,
the Federative Union of European Nationalities (FUEN), held its 50th
Congress in Bucharest earlier this month.
5th PARTNERSHIP FOR DIVERSITY FORUM UNDERLINES ADDED VALUE OF LESSER-USED
Gurize/ Gorizia/ Gorica/ Görz 5/24/2005 by Davyth Hicks
The 5th Partnership for Diversity (PfD) forum was held in Gorizia in the
multilingual region of Friuli over the weekend. The forum, which facilitates
the growth of trans-European partnerships, concentrated on the added value
and social capital benefits of lesser used languages.
EBLUL EXPANDS EASTWARDS TO ESTONIA
Gorica /Gorizia / Gurize/ Görz 5/24/2005 by Davyth Hicks
The European Bureau for Lesser Used Languages (EBLUL) expanded eastwards at
the weekend with a new Estonian member state committee joining the
organisation. The Estonians were warmly welcomed at EBLULs Council meeting
held to coincide with the Partnership for Diversity forum in Gorizia.
THREATENED SORBIAN SCHOOLS IN SAXONY COULD SPELL DISASTER FOR THE LANGUAGE
Göttingen 5/24/2005 by Simone Klinge
The Government of the Land of Saxony reached the decision last month not to
allow the creation of 5th classes, the youngest class in several secondary
schools age 10 16, in Upper Lusatia as of the coming school year. The move
threatens the provision of Sorbian medium education and the Sorbian language
WELSH LANGUAGE SOCIETY WANTS NEW ACT TO HELP LOCALS BUY HOMES
Penygroes 5/23/2005 by Dafydd Meirion
According to Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg (the Welsh Language Society), it is
essential to have a Property Act to alleviate the problem of a lack of
affordable houses in Welsh speaking areas. Recently, Cymdeithas yr Iaith
launched a public consultation period on the contents of its Property Act
COUNCIL OF EUROPE'S PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY CONSTITUTES SUB-COMMITTEE ON
RIGHTS OF MINORITIES
Göttingen 5/20/2005 by Simone Klinge
During the last session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of
Europe (PACE) in Strasbourg in April, the Committee on Human Rights and
Legal Affairs established a sub-committee on the Rights of Minorities that
shall deal with all matters relating to the rights of national minorities
and other minorities. Eurolang spoke today to the newly elected Chairman Mr
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