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The Parlamento Italiano (the Parliament of Italy) is seeking to classify Lingua dei Segni Italiana (LIS) i.e. Italian Sign Language, with Linguaggio Mimico Gesturale (LMG). Mimico gesurale is mime and gestures, "Linguaggio" apparently doesn't have a direct translation into English but essentially it means 'less than a language'.
This ignores what linguists have researched and proven and it lowers the status of the sign language. Any such move would have social, economic and educational implications on those who use LIS; and set the Deaf community back decades.
Furthermore, Italy and the EU has ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This convention has express mention of sign language (Articles 2, 9, 21, 24 and 30), which includes the duty to promote and recognise sign language plus the linguistic identity of the Deaf Community. The Convention also places an obligation on consultation with the group impacted, i.e Italian Deaf Community.
As the Bill passes through parliament, there appears to be little or no evidence of international obligations being adhered to. We call upon both the UN and the EU to take note plus any appropriate steps.
This petition is to show support from the international community, to the Italian Deaf Community and to urge the Italian government to listen to the Italian Deaf Community. Please show your support by signing.
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