SEPTEMBER 15, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Today at PEN International’s 77th annual Congress the PEN General Assembly approved the Girona Manifesto on Linguistic Rights which calls for the protection and promotion of linguistic diversity. This Manifesto developed by PEN’s Translation and Linguistic Rights Committee is a significant step toward protecting and promoting all world languages, including those in danger of disappearing.
John Ralston Saul, International President of PEN said, “Many languages are in danger. Many are actually disappearing. The loss of one’s language, and through that loss much of one’s culture, can be seen as the ultimate removal of freedom of expression”.
The Girona Manifesto is a ten point document designed to be translated and disseminated widely as a tool to defend linguistic diversity around the world.
Josep Maria Terricabras, Chair of the Translations and Linguistic Rights Committee of PEN International said, “Language defines us. To lose one’s language is to lose one’s voice, identity and spirit. Languages are the homes we live in”
To read the Manesifesto, click here
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