Calls for Parliamentary scrutiny on the Council of Europe’s report on the European Charter on Minority and Regional Languages, including Cornish, are being made by the Welsh Language Commissioner
Press release from the Welsh Language Commissioner:
The Welsh Language Commissioner has written to two committees in Westminster asking them to investigate the way the UK Government is promoting and facilitating the use of minority languages. The Commissioner wrote to the chairs of the Joint Committee on Human Rights and the Welsh Affairs Committee asking them to scrutinize the findings of the European Charter on Minority Languages report.
The report evaluates the extent to which the UK Government has achieved what it set out to do by signing the Charter.
The Welsh Language Commissioner, Meri Huws, said: "The report expresses concern that the Government is not taking its duties and obligations under international law seriously when promoting the regional and minority languages of the UK.
“The Charter contains important commitments in respect of promoting and facilitating the use of minority languages, including the Welsh language. In absence of Parliamentary scrutiny, the commitments made by the UK Government as well as the recommendations of the Committee are at risk of being overlooked. To ensure that the work is being taken seriously in the future, I have called on the two committees to scrutinize the work."
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