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The Spanish Civil Guard officers who harassed a Flemish citizen for speaking Catalan could face up to two years in prison

It's extremely rare for an episode of linguistic discrimination to be investigated by a Spanish criminal court and, in this case, a video could prove decisive in favour of the complainant

The Flemish citizen, who speaks Catalan but not Spanish, was discriminated against for speaking Catalan even though he is permitted to do so by law. He was forced to publicly reveal the contents of the stoma bag he wears as a result of an operation for colon cancer 

Kris Charlier, who testified before the judge last Thursday, has received legal support from Plataforma per la Llengua since he was discriminated against in 2019 at El Prat Airport More info about "The Spanish Civil Guard officers who harassed a Flemish citizen for speaking Catalan could face up to two years in prison"

The Council of Europe uses the observations from Plataforma per la Llengua to denounce discrimination against Catalan in Spain

The entity positively values the report published by the Council of Europe, which assesses Spain's degree of compliance with the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages

European experts confirm that Spain continues to violate the rights of Catalan speakers and warn that the pandemic cannot be used as an excuse to impose the Spanish language

The report also points the finger at  the multilingual model of the Valencian law on educational  multilingualism, and argues for a model of language immersion More info about "The Council of Europe uses the observations from Plataforma per la Llengua to denounce discrimination against Catalan in Spain"

New historic law will give North Catalans the right to language immersion in schools

Plataforma per la Llengua has lobbied French MPs to approve a Bill which will mark a turning point in the health of Catalan in North Catalonia

The most important change is in education, as North Catalans will be able to choose schools that teach in Catalan during school hours More info about "New historic law will give North Catalans the right to language immersion in schools"

Only 1% of Spanish State websites are fully translated into Catalan

For the fourth consecutive year, Plataforma per la Llengua has made a study of the Spanish State websites - in 2020, this has been based on observations made of almost 400 sites

82.4% of sites with some content in Catalan include serious language errors and 42.9% differentiate between "Catalan" and "Valencian"

The government of the left-wing parties PSOE and Unidas Podemos is creating new websites in Spanish only More info about "Only 1% of Spanish State websites are fully translated into Catalan"

We take part in the international seminar on languages in health

The state of minority languages in the health field has been the focus of a debate featuring seven speakers from different regions of Europe and the Americas

The lack of language skills among health staff can lead to a low level of use of Catalan More info about "We take part in the international seminar on languages in health"

ECRML: an anniversary for a charter protecting Catalan that is still not fully effective

This year, 5 November is the 28th anniversary of the signing of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. 

Spain ratified it in 2001 but, since then, it has continually breached it in the areas of justice, reciprocity and public administration, as well as during the management of COVID-19. 

Plataforma per la Llengua regrets that States like France and Italy have not even ratified the charter after 28 years. More info about "ECRML: an anniversary for a charter protecting Catalan that is still not fully effective"

The UN Special Rapporteur for National Minorities calls on Spain to respect the language rights of Catalan speakers

Plataforma per la Llengua demands that the Spanish government comply with its international commitments after Fernand de Varennes warned of the situation of human rights violations suffered by minorities in Spain More info about "The UN Special Rapporteur for National Minorities calls on Spain to respect the language rights of Catalan speakers"