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Ombudsman says textbook denies national minority languages

January 27, 2022
Serbian Ombudsman Zoran Pasalic called the Education Ministry to withdraw a grade 8 textbook which denies the existence of the Croatian, Bosnian and Montenegrin languages.
Pasalic wants the Serbian language textbook withdrawn to show respect for those national minorities in Serbia, a press release said. The Ombudsman launched proceedings in October 2021 following a complaint by the Croatian National Council which claimed discrimination and denial of that minority’s language. The Office of the Ombudsman found that the Education Ministry approved the publication of the 8th grade textbook which said that Croats, Bosniaks and Montenegrins use the Serbian language but call it Croatian, Bosnian and Montenegrin.
The Ombudsman said that approval for that textbook violates the rights of those national minorities, recalling the Croatian and Bosnian are in official use in Serbia.
Source:  https://rs.n1info.com/english/news/ombudsman-says-textbook-denies-national-minority-languages/

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