Deklaro Pri Indiĝenaj Popoloj En La Angla

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'Declaration by the Esperanto Movement Regarding Indigenous Languages and Cultures'

We, the speakers of the international planned language Esperanto, support all attempts by indigenous peoples to strengthen their languages and cultures, because we believe that all languages and cultures have a value that should not be lost to humanity. In addition, we believe that there should be respect at all levels for the linguistic human rights guaranteed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

We are of the opinion that throughout the world, people should apply the principle of using three languages, as recommended by UNESCO and the United Nations:

---the language used in the home (regardless of how few speakers it has) ---the language used for local contacts (usually the national language) ---an international language

The positive effects of teaching languages used in the home compared to the teaching of non-home languages only has already been proven. The need for local contact languages is evident.

In this regard, we also assert that the optimal choice for the role of international language is the neutral, international, planned language Esperanto. The use of any national language for international communication can result in injustice and cause human suffering, as well as the loss of money and time on the part of developing societies. In the long run, it causes the disappearance of languages and cultures.

We think that all educators and educational organizations have the duty to develop and promote an equitable approach to communication among cultures, with special emphasis on respect or linguistic human rights in relations between minorities and indigenous groups on the one hand, and the general population on the other.

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES Project UEA--World Esperanto Association c/o Erik Felker 414 East Cedar Ave., Apt. 11 Burbank, CA 91501 U.S.A.