“Language Rights, Inclusion and the Prevention of Ethnic Conflicts” is the theme of the 13th International Conference of the International Academy on Language and Law, to be held December 13 to 17, 2012, in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
'While language rights are topical in many parts of the world, they are still widely misunderstood despite being a significant factor in many conflicts in Asia (India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Thailand, China, Xinjiang, Tibet, Hong Kong), Europe (Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Kosovo, Macedonia, Ukraine), Africa (Cameroon, South Africa, Ethiopia, Morocco, Libya, Algeria) and the Americas (Canada, Mexico, Peru, Paraguay). In addition, worldwide language diversity itself is increasingly threatened, with more than half of the world’s 6,000 to 7,000 languages expected to disappear in the next few decades.'here. Cosponsors of the conference include the International Observatory on Language Rights at Canada's Université de Moncton, as well as the UNESCO Center of Catalonia and Linguapax, both based in Barcelona, Spain.
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