UNESCO launches the Global Action Plan of the International Decade of Indigenous Languages 2022-2032

On 18 December 2019, the United Nations General Assembly, in its Resolution 74/135 (A/RES/74/135) on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, proclaimed the period 2022-2032 as the International Decade of Indigenous Languages. Many languages are today in danger of falling into disuse. The gradual disappearance of languages, particularly Indigenous ones, is connected, in practice, to the structural discrimination to which they have been subjected, to the vulnerable situation of their users…

2021 Linguapax Award to IBT: Local Languages, Multilingualism and Community Empowerment

On 21 December 2021, the Pakistani organisation IBT received the 2021 Linguapax International Award. Monica Pereña, president of Linguapax, opened the ceremony, and the Catalan Ministry of Foreign Action and Open Government, Victòria Alsina, remarked the importance of the Award and gave it officially to the IBT co-founders Zubair Torwali and Aftab Ahmad. In the second part of the event, Hamza Ali Rajà, cultural mediator at the Barcelona City Council,…

Festival on Indigenous Languages

The Endangered Languages Project celebrates the start of the UN International Decade of Indigenous Languages with the Festival of Indigenous Languages, which brings together people working in language revitalization around the world, to share their goals and hopes for the upcoming Decade. The Festival runs from January 14-23, completely online, and completely free. All are welcome – please feel free to invite colleagues, friends, and community members who are interested…

Statement by Linguapax International in defence of the National Institute of Indigenous Languages, INALI, of Mexico

In this incipient 2022, the Mexican presidency has announced the dissolution of the National Institute of Indigenous Languages, INALI, the body responsible for the defence and promotion of the linguistic rights of speech communities in Mexico, created in 2003 with the aim of giving rigorous academic treatment to the preservation of the more than 60 ethno-linguistic families of the country. Such an announcement comes as a surprise in the opening…

2021 Linguapax Award Presentation and Colloquium on Local Languages and Multilingualism

The 2021 Linguapax International Award ceremony will take place on 21 December and will be followed by a colloquium on “Promotion of Local Languages and Multilingualism”. The event will be opened by the president of the Institute of Catalan Studies, Teresa Cabré, the Minister of External Action and Open Government, Victòria Alsina, and the president of Linguapax, Mònica Pereña. Hamza Ali Rajà, intercultural mediator, working for the City Council of…

Linguistic (un)justice in Peru: Bellido’s Quechua speech and the linguistic violence towards indigenous language-speaking communities

Our collaborator Miryam Yataco, sociolinguist, educator and activist on linguistic rights, and member of Linguapax Latin America, denounces in this text the linguistic violence suffered by former Prime Minister Guido Bellido, as a result of his speech in Runasimi language (Quechua) at the Peruvian Congress. The violent reaction of congressional members exemplifies the continuing colonial attitude in the Spanish-speaking sectors of Peru, to which Quechua and other indigenous languages-speaking communities…

Round Table “Towards the International Decade of Indigenous Languages 2022-2032”

The Accompanying Group to the Endangered Languages GALA-Linguapax participated to the Round Table “Towards the International Decade of Indigenous Languages 2022-2032” in the framework of the National Indigenous Languages Fair organized by the National Institute of Indigenous Languages (INALI), to discuss actions and recommendations for the launch of the Decade and assess the mexican policies towards indigenous languages. The development of the conversation was very positive, reiterating the need for…

Linguapax’ collaborations with the Faberllull Residency on Linguistic Rights

In the framework of the II Faberllull Residence on Linguistic Rights, Linguapax organised two events in which the residents encountered other language activists and language passionate people from Catalonia and other parts of the world. Worlds with words The first of these events was a conversation between researchers, activists, speakers and learners of minority languages, in which they shared their experiences, reflections and emotions linked to their languages. Sonia Antinori…

Idara Baraye Taleem-o-Taraqi is awarded the 2021 Linguapax International Award

It has not been easy for the Linguapax International Award Jury to select the winner among several nominations of individuals, teams and organizations from different parts of the world working hard to preserve and promote endangered languages, multilingualism, linguistic rights and linguistic diversity. Finally, the jury elected Idara Baraye Taleem-o-Taraqi, aka IBT, a Torwali organization based in the Swat district of Pakistan, whose mission is to transform the marginalized ethnic…

Josep Lo Bianco is awarded the Ramon Llull International Prize for Catalanism and Cultural Diversity

Linguistic diversity and peace, the basic aims of Linguapax, to which our organization owes its name, are also the working axes of an international reference in linguistic policy and conflict resolution, Joseph Lo Bianco, a member of our Advisory Board, expert of Catalan society and culture and teacher of the MOOC Linguistic Diversity, What for?. The Professor of Language and Literacy Education at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and…