17. European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.

The European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages1 was adopted by member states of the Council of Europe2 for the purpose of protecting and promoting historical regional and minority languages in Europe3. The fundamental principles and objectives of the Charter are:

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    (1)     the recognition of regional or minority languages as an expression of cultural wealth4;

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    (2)     respect for the geographical area of each regional or minority language5;

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    (3)     the need for resolute action to promote such languages6;

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    (4)     the facilitation and/or encouragement of the use of such languages, in speech and writing, in public and private life7;

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    (5)     the