All Ukraine is observing how important in terms of its consequences for the country a legislative initiative – the draft law “On ensuring the functioning of the Ukrainian language as the state language” is being considered in an almost empty plenary hall. MP from the OPPOSITION BLOC Artur Martovytskyi said that it should be discussed in Ukrainian society, rather than the empty hall of the Verkhovna Rada. Also, the draft law must be approved by the Venice Commission.
The politician believes that the rights and interests of people who want to live and communicate in an open world and not in the “language reservation” should be placed first. At the same time, the authors of the draft law claim that one of its tasks is the development of the Ukrainian language, as the “original language of the titular nation”. According to the MP, by this, they encroach on the foundation of the constitutional system. Instead of the multinational people of Ukraine, with a multitude of cultures and languages, the bearer of sovereignty, they see only the “titular nation”, putting its rights above all others. The concept of “titular nation” exists neither in the Constitution nor in international documents of a binding nature.
According to Artur Martovytskyi, the draft law contradicts the Constitution, which states that “Ukraine guarantees the free development, use and protection of Russian and other languages of the national minorities of Ukraine; citizens belonging to national minorities are guaranteed the right to study in their native language or to learn their native language in accordance with the law. ” It corresponds neither to the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages nor the Convention on Human Rights.
“According to the latest research, more than 50% of Ukrainian citizens in their home and family speak languages other than Ukrainian. Thus, excluding Russian and other languages from the sphere of public communication, the authors propose a discriminatory policy towards a significant part of citizens using this language, which is a part of their personality and a form of expression of spiritual life. Therefore, our political force will continue to stand on the side of protecting the rights and freedoms of citizens of Ukraine, and observing the norms of current legislation when considering the above-mentioned draft law,” the opposition leader emphasized.