dijous, 22 de març de 2012

Hunger strike urgent call: Campaign to write to the UNESCO


He will not be receiving any more visits as his health is deteriorating.

He has lost twenty kilos.

If you think you can help in any way, we ask that you send a letter to the UNESCO general director to act as intermediary. Her e-mail is: i.bokova@unesco.org

Let's not leave Jaume Bonet alone.

Hunger Strike in Defense of Catalan




Dear Ms. Irina Bokova,


On March 1st Mr. Jaume Bonet Moll began a hunger strike in Palma (Mallorca) in protest against the measures announced by the Government of the Balearic Islands (Spain). The proposed changes to the law would greatly restrict the effective compliance of international agreements adopted by the Spanish Government, such as the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, together with regional laws. If passed, the new law will be a serious deterioration of the Catalan language, which is native to the Balearic Islands since the 13th century.

These measures include changing current legislation so as to retain only Spanish language as compulsory for regional civil service candidates, disregarding the importance of Catalan as a requirement to those who serve the Catalan-speaking population. Catalan would therefore be just an advantage,  but not essential.

Mr. Bonet-Moll is protesting against these infringements of the legal framework. He is a retired school teacher, and member of  Jubilats per Mallorca making his case even more reputable. At the time of writing, Mr. Bonet's hunger strike has lasted 22 days, and it is reported that his heart condition is giving rise to some concern.

Given that the reaction from the Government has not materialized, we fear that his plight might be falling on deaf ears, and that his health will be in great danger unless someone acts as an intermediary.
We humbly but earnestly ask your organization to intervene.

Yours sincerely,


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