Sunday, 30 January 2011

The Bretons are coming, the Bretons are coming … - Herald Scotland | News | Home News

The Bretons are coming, the Bretons are coming … - Herald Scotland | News | Home News

Saturday, 22 January 2011

French politics in the balance? - the Le Pen Effect | openDemocracy

French politics in the balance? - the Le Pen Effect | openDemocracy

Breton comments welcome!

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Nolwenn Leroy, Tri-Martolod (CE)



Oh go on! It's not my musical cup-of-tea but I'll include it here as the album is a huge success and uses the Breton language.



But give me some punk anyday!

Monday, 17 January 2011

Indignons-nous!

The Celtic League has received reports that a French appeal court has agreed to the extradition of a French woman to Spain for her activity in a political party that is illegal in Spain, but not in France.

The decision to extradite the French woman has been condemned by La ligue Bretonne des Droits de l'Homme (Breton League of Human Rights). The organisation says that the decision by the Pau (France) court is made even worse, because the extradition order comes from a special court in Spain that has been previously criticised by the Pau court for ignoring accusations of torture and have even refused to grant prior extraditions. The woman, who the extradition order has been placed against, is a member of the Batasuna political party, which is registered in the French state. However the Batasuna political party, which is registered in the Spanish state, was banned in 2003 and its leader is still in jail.

The general secretary (GS) of the League has written to the French embassy in London to express his concern about the decision. The full text of the letter from the GS can be found below.

"Maurice Gourdault-Montagne
Ambassador of France to the United Kingdom

Dear Maurice Gourdault-Montagne

Appeal court decision, Pau

I am writing to you to express our concern at the decision by the French court of appeal in Pau, to agree to an extradition order made against a French woman recently.

From what we can gather, the extradition order was made on the basis that the French woman - who has not been named - was an active member of the Batasuna political party in the state of France. Unlike in Spain, in France as you know, the Batasuna political party is a legal organisation and as such membership is not prohibited. The French woman in question therefore had not broken any law and the extradition order should not, in our opinion, have been agreed to.

Moreover, we are aware that the same Pau Court of Appeal has previously refused to grant prior extradition orders from the Spanish Special court, because the same courts were thought to have ignored accusations of the torture of previous defendants.

I feel that if the circumstances surrounding this case are accurate then a severe miscarriage of justice has taken place and would think that a revision is necessary.

I would like you to pass on my concerns to the appropriate authority.

Yours sincerely

Rhisiart Tal-e-bot
General Secretary
Celtic League"

16/01/11

The Celtic League has branches in the six Celtic Countries. It works to promote cooperation between these countries and campaigns on a broad range of political, cultural and environmental matters. It highlights human rights abuse, monitors all military activity and focuses on socio-economic issues.

Celtic League News Group.

Monday, 10 January 2011

Brezhoneg war CNN

Saturday, 8 January 2011

The Celtic League reviews 2010 for Brittany

The Celtic League has produced its review -full version here- of 2010 for the Celtic nations. The section relevant to Brittany is reproduced here.

Linguistically 2010 was an exciting time for the Celtic nations, especially during the second half of the year. In December 2010 alone, the Cornish and Manx languages were reclassified by UNESCO, the Welsh Assembly voted unanimously in favour of a new Welsh Language law creating a new system of placing duties on bodies to provide services in Welsh, the Irish government launched their ambitious 20 year strategy for the Irish language and the introduction of the `Regional' Language Bill (développement des langues et cultures régionales) in France, which will bring the French state in line with European legal norms, potentially having a huge impact on the revival of the Breton language.

Linked to the revival of Breton, protesters demanded that post offices in Brittany use the language in their working practice, with a much publicised sit-in at Landerne/Landerneau Post Office - a town that has been traditionally applauded for its use of the language in the public sphere. Police were brought in to break the peaceful protest up, but the message is clear – the Breton language needs much more support if it is to survive into the future. With estimates in 2010 showing that approximately 10 000 speakers are lost on an annual basis, something desperately need to be done.

Creating a political alliance with the Greens (Europe Ecologie Bretagne) in the French regional elections in March 2010 - which decided who was to be the Regional President for the Breton Regional Council - provided the Union Démocratique Bretonne (UDB) with one more regional councilor taking their number up to 4 representatives (the same as MK in Cornwall). Parti Breton also stood in the regional elections in their own right, but didn't win a regional council seat. Another nationalist Breton political party, Mouvement Bretagne Progres, was formed in December 2010 by Christian Troadec, who was once closely allied with the UDB.

Before the March 2010 elections, people travelled from all over Breizh/Brittany to take part in a `Freque Humaine' to show Breton politicians that the issue of Breton reunification should be firmly on the political agenda. The organisations responsible for the organisation of the peaceful event were Bretagne Réunie and 44=BZH, but reunification hasn't featured much on the political scene in Brittany over the last 12 months with the exception of the arrest, verbal assault and prolonged detention of a Breton youth for spraying pro reunification graffiti in the town of Le Mans in Loire-Atlantique. There are no major elections or political developments planned in Brittany in 2011.

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