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Language rights for all people


We work at the intersection of language, digital and human rights.


2024 Language Rights Defenders Award Winner

Abduweli Ayup

Abduweli Ayup is a Uyghur activist, poet, and linguist. He has fought to protect and promote the Uyghur language both in China and within the Uyghur diaspora around the world. He has consistently demonstrated commitment to working with communities at the grassroots while also conducting advocacy in international forums.

Abduweli Ayup
Tove Skutnabb-Kangas

🏆 First Annual Language Rights Defenders Award Dedication 

Tove Skutnabb-Kangas

The first annual Language Rights Defenders Award is dedicated to the memory of Tove Skutnabb-Kangas, a pioneer in language rights advocacy and scholarship who passed away in 2023. 

Join the Coalition


The GCLR operates on a network model. Any individual or organization who aligns with the goals of this Coalition is welcome to join.

This includes but is not limited to:


Non-profit/charitable/humanitarian organizations working with languages​


Educational institutions​ and Governmental agencies


Grassroots organizations/initiatives


Professional organizations, certification bodies & standards groups​


Private corporations and individuals who are aligned with and support the mission​

Members may participate on an active capacity, attending the one-hour monthly meetings and/or contributing to different tasks or initiatives with a few hours of their time every month; or in a supporting role, staying up to date with Coalition initiatives, amplifying the Coalition's efforts, etc.

After you submit this form, we'll get in touch with you via email to set up a short introductory meeting, where we'll get you up to speed with the Coalition's most recent work, and together we'll figure out how you can best participate

Thank you for your interest and for your patience!
We´ll get back to you soon.



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