Denial of right of peoples to use their own language
Other Names: Denial of right of indigenous peoples to use their own language
Nature: With land, language is considered by most dispossessed indigenous peoples as equally constitutive of their identity as soveriegn peoples, and of their right to live as such. The diversity of human languages is in process of rapid erosion with many languages becoming extinct or in process of complete marginalization.
Incidence: UNESCO estimated in 1996 that 4,000 to 5,000 of the 6,000 languages spoken in the world are those spoken by indigenous peoples.
Problem Type: D: Detailed problems
Date of last update 10.05.2002 – 00:00 CEST