Lukashevich: the law on education in Ukraine is reminiscent of “linguistic cleansing”

VIENNA, may 3 – RIA Novosti. The law on education in Ukraine, with amendments, reminiscent of “linguistic cleansing” educational space of the country, said on Thursday Russia’s permanent representative to the OSCE Alexander Lukashevich.

The law on education significantly reduces the possibility of education in minority languages, entered into force on 28 September 2017. It will be introduced in stages until 2020. The governments of several countries, including Hungary and Romania, said that this law violates the rights of national minorities in Ukraine. In Moscow also believe that the education act violates the Constitution and international obligations of Kiev.

“Taken by the Kiev measures are more like “linguistic cleansing” educational space of the country, which directly contradicts the Constitution of Ukraine, namely articles 10, 24 and 53″ — said Lukashevich at a meeting of the OSCE permanent Council.

According to the Ambassador, continuing the confrontational language issue, the Kiev authorities to recreate the reasons, in many ways became the starting point of the conflict, and then the civil war in the South-East of Ukraine.

“The law prevents convergence of the parties Ukrainian domestic conflict and diminishes the prospects of achieving settlement. There is a Frank unwillingness of Kiev to perform its own obligations under paragraph 11 of “Complex measures” on February 12, 2015, which provides for the adoption of the permanent law on the special status of Donetsk and Lugansk regions with regard to their right to linguistic self-determination”, — said Lukashevich.

He urged the EU not to pander to Kiev in its discriminatory acts, and the Supreme Commissioner of OSCE on Affairs of national minorities, Lamberto Zannier to give a principled assessment of the law and come to grips with the situation with the rights of national minorities in Ukraine.

According to the Ministry of education of Ukraine, the Venice Commission in its recommendations indicated that Kiev is not obliged to change the seventh article of the education act, which concerns language of instruction. Ukraine are encouraged to “make full use of the flexibility” of this article in its implementation, to extend the implementation of education reform, freeing private schools from the restrictions on teaching in minority languages.

The Commission believes that “the new law does not offer solutions for languages that are not official EU languages, in particular Russian language as the most widely used non-state languages”, which can speak about its discrimination.

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