Union Valdôtaine, the autonomist party currently in power, attracts largest share of the vote despite a slight decrease in votes and seats · Its coalition of autonomist parties obtains 23 out of 35 seats.
Viella, the capital of the Aran Valley, is as of Friday home to the headquarters of the main organization for the Occitan language · The second stage of the plan to normalize the language of Occitania is under way.
In an unexpected U-turn, the French Assembly approves an amendment to article 1 of the French Constitution, which will define ‘regional’ languages as French heritage · The unexpected decision comes a fortnight after the Government’s cold response to the debate on minority languages.
A report published by the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya says that between 56% and 62% of Catalans would vote in favour of independence, the exact outcome depending on which way undecided voters swing · About 22% of people living in Catalonia describe themselves as “only Catalan”, and 19% “more Catalan than Spanish”.
Thousands took to the streets of Santiago de Compostela yesterday demanding respect for their 'right to live in Galician' · Galicia’s language is under pressure because it is underused in education and justice and because of attacks by pro-Spanish language organizations.
Martin Scheinin, UN Special Rapporteur on protecting human rights while countering terrorism, calls for 'incomunicado' detention to be scrapped and expresses concern over the lack of 'independent and rapid' investigations into allegations of torture.
In a matter of days, Scottish Labour leader Wendy Alexander has gone from opposing a referendum to calling for an early public consultation, before pressure from her own party has now forced her to oppose it again · The SNP still wants to hold the vote in 2010.
The protest calling for ‘official status for Asturian’ was organized by La Xunta pola Defensa de la Llingua Asturiana (Assembly for the Defence of the Asturian Language) to coincide with Asturian Literature Day · Asturian does not have official status in the Spanish constitution or in the autonomous communities in which it is spoken.