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Tajikistan: Fines for Language Mistakes

(Sept. 26, 2016) On August 1, 2016, the State Committee on Language and Terminology under Tajikistan’s Cabinet of Ministers announced that it will issue fines for violating Tajik language norms and using words in the Farsi language that are not clearly understood by the audience of print and broadcast media. The fine will be in […]

Estonia: Court Confirms Russian Not a School Language

(Aug. 29, 2016) On August 26, 2016, an Estonian second instance Circuit Court, whose jurisdiction includes the capital city of Tallinn, confirmed the legality of a decision issued by a lower court earlier this year to reject consideration of a complaint submitted by the parents of two Tallinn city high school students objecting to the […]

Angola: Constitution Will Become Available in Several Languages

(Feb. 12, 2015) On February 5, 2015, Angolan National Assembly Deputy Emílio Homem anounced that a technical commission coordinated by the Angolan Ministry of Territory Administration will prepare the translation of the Angolan Constitution into several languages. (Angola: Constituição Ganha “Réplica” em Língua Estrangeira, ANGOP (Feb. 5, 2015).) The Constitution is in Portuguese and, according […]

Moldova: Romanian Recognized as the Official Language

(Dec. 23, 2013) On December 5, 2013, the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Moldova ruled that the Romanian language is the official language of this country. (Press Release, Constitutional Court of Moldova, The Text of the Declaration of Independence Prevails over the Text of the Constitution (Dec. 5, 2013).) Mihai Ghimpu, the leader of […]