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Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 4th March 2020.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with UN counterparts on the UN finding that two indigenous languages are disappearing each month.

Photo of Nigel Adams Nigel Adams Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The Government is fully committed to promoting and protecting human rights for all individuals, including indigenous people, without discrimination on any grounds. The UK works both bilaterally and through international institutions such as the United Nations to improve the situation of indigenous people around the world. In 2007, the UK supported the adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and has signed and ratified the Council of Europe's European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, designed to protect and promote regional and minority languages.

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