Ghana Resolution on the Languages of Original Peoples within Community Radios of AMARC

The 10th worldwide assembly of AMARC, which took place in La Plata in 2010, unanimously approved a resolution regarding community radio stations that operate in the languages of original peoples.

The framework for this resolution was based on international instruments such as the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the UNESCO Convention of the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, and Convention 169 of the International Labor Organization.

We note that the 2010 resolution has lacked a comprehensive implementation at the administrative level. Four and a half years later, a workshop on this topic in the 11th world assembly of AMARC in Ghana, on August 14th 2015 agreed to present the following resolution:

  • Reaffirm the important role that community radio plays in the promotion and protection of cultural diversity and minority languages.
  • Understand that cosmovision (worldview), language, and culture are have an intrinsic relationship with lands and territories, which are made of up inhabitants, and any threat to those territories implies a threat to the vitality of the language, culture, and cosmovision.
  • Reaffirm the continued validity of the resolution approved in La Plata
  • Urge the administrative board elected in the 2015 assembly to implement this resolution, and specifically, that they initiate a worldwide program of work under the political direction of one of the individuals elected during this assembly. This program should intervene on the following points at a minimum:
    • Lobbying with states and international bodies.
    • Original peoples’ right to communication, including access to radio frequencies, financial sustainability, physical safety, etc.)
    • Original peoples’ land rights
    • Individual copy right and the collective intellectual property rights of original peoples
This resolution is presented by Radio JënPoj of Mexico and seconded by Antxeta Irratia of the Basque Country.