News 23.11.2018 a les 13:00h

Arduous path for protection of languages in Europe evident as Minority Safepack citizens’ initiative is shelved (for a while)

A European citizens’ initiative (ECI) calling for enhanced protection for minoritised languages and cultures in the EU will be shelved at least until the next term. The Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN), which launched the ECI, says “mistrust” exists over the real intentions of the current European Commission in relation to the Minority Safepack initiative. The story shows how, once again, civil society organizations meet serious obstacles in promoting the linguistic rights of speakers of minoritised languages. Keep reading

Capses amb signatures recollides a Hongria.
News 25.10.2018 a les 13:15h

Netherlands (slightly) move forward in recognition of Low Saxon

The government of the Netherlands and five provinces signed earlier in October an agreement that opens the door to boost official support for Low Saxon, a minoritised language spoken in the north-east of the European country. The covenant strengthens a slight recognition that Low Saxon already enjoyed, and makes it possible —though it does not guarantee it— a place for the language in some schools. Keep reading

Acte de signatura de l'acord. Al mapa dels Països Baixos es destaca, en groc, el domini lingüístic del baix saxó.
News 2.10.2018 a les 10:15h

Catalan referendum: one year later, demonstration’s symbols recall what happened —and what not

One year after the 1 October 2017 Catalan referendum on independence, thousands —according to the local police, 180,000— took to the streets of Barcelona to commemorate the date and to demand action from the Catalan authorities to implement an independent republic in Catalonia. But after having seen devolution suspended for 7 months, the current pro-independence Catalan government is cautious about steps it takes. Yesterday’s demonstration left images in the form of symbols and signs that help explain where this political conflict stands right now. Keep reading

News 21.9.2018 a les 10:15h

“I seek to stress the role of Minorcans as part of the origin of present-day Gibraltar”

“I like minorities, diaspora communities and micro-societies. The Minorcans’ journey to Gibraltar brings together those three interests.” This is how Catalan journalist, philologist and historian Martí Crespo (Barcelona, 1972) explains his motivation to trace a not very well known episode of the western Mediterranean history of the 18th and early 19th centuries: the settlement in Gibraltar of hundreds of Minorcans from the Balearic Islands, a community that at some point reached 6% of the Rock’s population, and whose legacy can be traced to date. Out of his work, Els ‘minorkeens’ of Gibraltar has been published this summer, the book being presented in Barcelona (26 September), Minorca (15 and 16 October) and the Rock (26 October). Keep reading

Martí Crespo publica 'Els 'minorkeens' de Gibraltar'. Els Tudury's Steps, a la portada, duen el cognom menorquí Tudurí encara avui.
News 2.8.2018 a les 11:15h

Why Bamyan province brings out the best of Afghanistan

The Bamyan province lies at the centre of Hazarajat, one of many territories of which Afghanistan is made up. One of the larger minoritised peoples of Afghanistan, the Hazara —a Farsi-speaking, Shi’a group—, live there. A couple of years ago, Nationalia released —find it here in Catalan— an interview with Carme Roure, in which the state of discrimination and violence faced by the Hazara was analysed. Today, we are having a look onto a rather kinder face of that territory through this Global Voices story. Keep reading

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News 12.6.2018 a les 14:45h

Southern Cameroons, independence and repression: a violent, increasingly serious crisis

The crisis in Southern Cameroons, which has resulted in a violent confrontation between armed pro-independence groups and the Cameroonian forces over the last 9 months, is not giving any sign of moving towards a solution —rather the contrary is true. Since the date of the symbolic declaration of Southern Cameroonian independence of 1 October, at least hundreds have been killed in a conflict that has been dragging on since the 1960s and has a lot to see with the centralization of power at the hands of the Cameroonian state. Keep reading

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