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Protocol of Donostia

What is the Protocol to Ensure Language Rights?

What is the Protocol to Ensure Language Rights?

The Protocol is a document defending language equality and
supporting the development of languages in adverse situations. Made by citizen bodies contributions and with advices of a scientific committee, it will contain the minimum steps needed to safeguard
all citizens’ language rights. The result is to be presented at a meeting in December, 2016 as part of Donostia-San Sebastián's year as European Capital of Culture.

Values and principles

Human and language rights. Peaceful coexistence. Language
diversity and equality.


To produce an effective tool supporting the development of
language equality in Europe through a participatory process and the advancement of languages in adverse situations, and to make a landmark event for this issue in Donostia.

Building on the Barcelona Declaration

The 1996 Universal Declaration of Linguistic Rights was a contribution by social entities drawing attention to the issue of language rights. Twenty years on, we hope to achieve a new step forward in Donostia-San Sebastián.

Leadership by grassroots bodies

Grassroots entities have originated this project, the purpose of
which is to empower the agents of social activism to achieve agreement on a far-reaching social compact which can then be adopted by a variety of different bodies.

Drawing up the Protocol

The detailed steps to be laid down in the Protocol will be proposed
by grassroots groups and language activists in the first six months of 2016. After the Scientific Committee works out these steps, the Organising Committee will present them to the grassroots bodies for ratification. At the end of the process, the document will be presented in Donostia-San Sebastián in December, 2016.

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