The decision of the UK Government of 24th April 2014 to include the Cornish within the terms of the Council of Europe’s Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities comes fifteen years after its official ratification in1999. The determined 83,499 Cornish people who made the effort to “write in” their “other” national identity on the 2011 Census form should be given credit for this decision.
It would appear that the 125% increase in the official Census figures for the “Cornish” population for 2011, compared with 2001, finally penetrated the official mind that the Cornish were not going to give up their birthright any time soon. However, the policy of delay in ignoring the positive evidence submitted from many quarters, has proved advantageous for the majority while subjecting the claims of the Cornish minority to cheap ridicule and instant rejection. It is, therefore, very important to secure the immediate implementation of the spirit and the letter of the Convention, in particular, Articles 4 and 5 without further delay. We need to establish a firm foundation for the survival of, and respect for, all the aspects of life which comprise the Cornish identity with regard to the individual, the national group and future generations.
Section II Article 4
- The Parties undertake to guarantee to persons belonging to national minorities the right of equality before the law and of equal protection of the law. In this respect, any discrimination based on belonging to a national minority shall be prohibited.
- The Parties undertake to adopt, where necessary, adequate measures in order to promote, in all areas of economic, social, political and cultural life, full and effective equality between persons belonging to a national minority and those belonging to the majority. In this respect, they shall take due account of the specific conditions of the persons belonging to national minorities.
- The measures adopted in accordance with paragraph 2 shall not be considered to be an act of discrimination.
- The Parties undertake to promote the conditions necessary for persons belonging to national minorities to maintain and develop their culture, and to preserve the essential elements of their identity, namely their religion, language, traditions and cultural heritage.
- Without prejudice to measures taken in pursuance of their general integration policy, the Parties shall refrain from policies or practices aimed at assimilation of persons belonging to national minorities against their will and shall protect these persons from any action aimed at such assimilation
In order to establish a multi-racial “right to equality before the law” and “protection from assimilation”, all UK government sponsored and protected organisations currently operating in Cornwall to promote the majority culture, such as, “English Heritage”; “Duchy of Cornwall”; “English Nature”; “The National Trust” and “English Tourist Board”, should be required to make immediate preparations to cease operations in Cornwall and transfer all assets held in Cornwall into the administrative protection and control of the duly elected Cornish Council at Truro.
Your support would be appreciated,
Save Cornwall, Camborne, Kernow
28th April 2014