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Failing their children

Sami leaders argue Norway’s budget for next year does not address UN criticism that its current policies violate Sami children’s educational rights
The pleasure’s not hers (Photo: Hanne H Lille / Sámediggi)

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Sami legislators are accusing the Norwegian government for ignoring criticism by the UNs Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

The Sámediggi, the legislative assembly for Norwegian Sami, levelled its criticism after the 2016 budget proposed closing a Sami school and freezing funding for Sami education.

Earlier this year, the CERD informed Oslo that its current policies towards the Sami violate the language and educational rights of Sami children.

The committee’s evaluation was based on what it said were systematic failures in funding for school material adapted for use in Sami schools.

The Sámediggi is hoping that changes will be made before the budget is passed. (AL)

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