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Important to protect and promote languages
The Commission has submitted to the study on the role of languages and culture by the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous People (EMRIP). The Commission says language and culture are indivisible, as language contains, and allows for the expression of culture.
The effective promotion and protection of languages requires four components:
- a clear strategy agreed between indigenous peoples and the State
- Indigenous community commitment and action
- State financial support and a legislative and institutional framework; including official recognition of indigenous languages
- wider community acceptance and recognition of the right to language.
It is important for National Human Rights Institutions to promote the right to language for indigenous people as an integral part of their general advocacy for human rights.
A draft of the Expert Mechanism’s study will be finalised in early April 2012 in preparation for the Expert Mechanism’s fifth session in July 2012. For further information on this study.