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Linguistic and Human Rights Ratifications, European Union

  • By: Verena Krausneker
  • In: The SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia
  • Edited by: Genie Gertz & Patrick Boudreault
  • Subject:Physical Disabilities, Otorhinolaryngology (Ears, Nose, & Throat)

Manifold actions by the European Union (EU) as well as by EU member states are of relevance for Deaf sign language users. These range from the passing of the very first Resolution on Sign Languages for the Deaf by the European Parliament in 1988 to a great diversity in national laws that protect or promote national sign languages within the 28 member states.

The European Union

The EU is an economic and political union that was founded in 1958 (then called European Economic Community, EEC) by six European countries and has been growing ever since; in 2014, the EU united 28 European member states. Countries seeking membership in the EU undergo a lengthy process. The EU structure consists of various institutions. Of note is the European Parliament, ...

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