Language

On this page are links to do with language rights.

Royal Society of New Zealand Report on Languages in Aotearoa New Zealand

This report by the Royal Society of New Zealand outlines the major issues facing language practices in New Zealand. Important factors are: The position of the statutory languages of New Zealand, te reo Māori and New Zealand Sign Language; Access to English for the whole community; Consideration of the many languages used by the people of New Zealand; Language capability in a highly diverse society; The importance of language capacity in international trade connections; The ability for contemporary research to aid examination into language practice in society; The fragmented nature of language policy within New Zealand society and the opportunities for a national, unified approach.

Human Rights Commission Report on Languages in Aotearoa New Zealand

This report was published by the New Zealand Human Rights Commission for the New Zealand Diversity Action Programme

Minority Rights Group International Piece on Linguistic Rights

This piece by Minority Rights Group International looks at the linguistic rights of individuals and the collective right to choose one’s language or languages for communication both within the private and the public spheres.

United Nations News Centre Piece on the Protection of Minority Languages

This piece by the United Nations News Centre focuses on Rita Izsák, a United Nations Independent Expert on minority issues, and here argument that the protection of minority languages is a human rights obligation.

United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization Links and Resources

This webpage by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization has a collection of the most relevant provisions in international conventions, declarations and multilateral treaties, which pertain to linguistic rights.

This webpage has links to numerous research institutions, international organizations, networks, foundations, NGOs, and databases that provide valuable information on linguistic rights or minorities worldwide.

United Nations Human Rights Promotion of Language Rights of Indigenous Peoples

This piece by the Office of the high Commissioner for Human Rights looks at how at least 43 per cent of the 6000 languages spoken in the world are endangered, how many belong to indigenous peoples, and why this is important.

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