The Permanent Congress of the Occitan Language will be in charge of the linguistic regulation of Occitan · The new body has the support of the regions of Aquitaine, Languedoc-Roussillon, Midi-Pyrénées and Rhône-Alpes · A demonstration in March will call for better policies to foster the public use of the language
The Body of Basque Political Prisoners joins the Gernika Agreement, a major pact among Basque political and social organisations which asked ETA to lay down arms and the recognition of political rights of the Basque people · Most parties -except for the Spanish right- welcome the announcement.
Results of local elections expose gap between Sri Lanka and Tamil Eelam despite government efforts to win over the Tamil population in the north and east of the island • Tamil parties conquer 17 out of 20 seats in areas formerly held by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.
South Sudan is the world youngest country after its declaration of independence on 9 July. This marks the culmination of a political process started in 2005, when the Comprehensive Peace Agreement ending 22 years of war was signed. Those agreements resulted in a timetable by which South Sudan would have a referendum on its independence. The vote was held last January, and the outcome was a resounding ‘yes’ which prevailed with nearly 99% of the ballots.
Judges consider there is no reason enough to bar the coalition from the elections · Bildu leaders thank Basque society for its pro-democracy mobilization