In October, Dr. Jaffer Sheyholislami delivered an invited talk at an international colloquium held in Paris, France. The event “Linguistic Justice and Language Minorities: The Case of Kurdish” was organized by three institutions: The University of Paris II, the University of Rouen, and the Kurdish Institute of Paris. Jaffer’s paper analyzed the status of language minorities, Kurdish in particular, in the multilingual Iran. Other speakers at the event included, among others, Tove Skutnabb-Kangas, the world-renowned scholar of linguistic human rights, Robert Phillipson, the author of the much-celebrated monograph Linguistic Imperialism, and Fernand de Varennes, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues and Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Moncton. The speakers called for linguistic human rights, especially in education and in the form of additive multilingual education, as a prerequisite for preventing language endangerment and enhancing the socio-economic situation of minoritized linguistic communities.

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