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When the Universal Declaration on Linguistic Rights was published, numerous public figures endorsed the document, explaining what it meant to them. Click on the links below to see each persons’ contribution.

Nelson Mandela

The Dalai Lama

Seamus Heaney

Shimon Peres

Yasser Arafat

Desmond Tutu

Noam Chomsky

José Ramos-Horta

Wislawa Szymborska

Adolfo Pérez Esquivel

Octavio Paz

Rigoberta Menchú

Ngugi Wa Thiong'o

Peter Gabriel

Homero Aridjis

Ronald Harwood

Lázsló Tőkés

Mangosuthu Buthelezi

Joan Oró

José Carreras

Judit Mascó

Ricard Maria Carles

Dr. M. Aram


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