On 12 December 2014, the 10th edition of Liet International, the song contest for musicians from different regions across Europe who sing in a regional or minority language, took place in the north German city of Oldenburg. This year's winner was Marina Iori, a 19 year-old musician from Val di Fassa in the north of Italy, who sang in Ladin, a minority language spoken in South Tyrol, Trentino and Belluno. The Musicians’ Award was won by the Aila-duo from Finland, singing in Aanaar Sámi, a language estimated to be spoken by less than 400 speakers. Organised for the first time in the capital of Friesland, Ljouwert/Leeuwarden, in 2002, it has travelled around Europe since 2006 and since 2008, it has been under the patronage of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe and is this year supported by a grant from the Council of Europe’s Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. The Charter is an international treaty that aims to protect and promote the use of regional and minority languages all over Europe. Read more about the event / Read more about the winners
“Sami – the People, their Culture and Languages and the Council of Europe”
From 27-29 November 2014, members of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM) and the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (ECRML) brought their expertise together in Inari (Finland) to discuss, together with Sami representatives from Finland, Norway and Sweden, how the Council of Europe human rights monitoring mechanisms can address the issue of “Sami – the People, their Culture and Languages and the Council of Europe”. Read more...
Committee of Ministers publishes report on minority languages in Cyprus
Strasbourg, 30.10.2014 - The Charter is the European convention for the protection and promotion of traditionally used minority languages and applies in Cyprus to Armenian and Cypriot Maronite Arabic. The report has been drawn up by a committee of independent experts, which monitors the application of the Charter, and acknowledges the goodwill and openness of the Cypriot authorities in matters related to Armenian and Cypriot Maronite Arabic. Nevertheless, on the basis of the report, the Council of Europe calls upon Cyprus to strengthen the use of both languages in the broadcast media. Furthermore, Cyprus should take measures to extend the teaching of Armenian and Cypriot Maronite Arabic. (more)