Oleksandr Dolzhenkov: The new Verkhovna Rada must immediately abolish unconstitutional language law

Oleksandr Dolzhenkov: The new Verkhovna Rada must immediately abolish unconstitutional language law

MPs of the new parliamentary majority must abolish the discriminatory language law, and in exchange adopt a new law on state language policy that is tolerant to the languages of national minorities. People’s Deputy of Ukraine of VII and VIII convocations, Oleksandr Dolzhenkov, said about this on the air of the “Nash” TV channel.

In June 2019, Oleksandr Dolzhenkov, along with Vadym Novynskyi, on behalf of 51 MPs filed a submission to the Constitutional Court on the recognition of the language law as contrary to the Constitution.

According to Dolzhenkov, the position of the OPPOSITION BLOC remains unchanged: the current language law must be repealed.

According to the former MP, even the adoption of the Law on National Minorities, the preparation of which was announced by Volodymyr Zelenskyy, requires a fundamental change and the abolition of many provisions of the current language law.

According to him, the language law must be abolished, since it creates discriminatory conditions for the non-use of the Russian language. “I believe that it is necessary to adopt a law on state language policy, which will cover the functioning of the state language, and provide legislative guarantees for the use of languages of national minorities in other areas of public life,” the politician said.

He stressed that Ukraine back in 2003 ratified the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, and it is an integral part of national legislation.

“According to this charter, Ukraine has committed itself to use the languages of national minorities not only in the field of book publishing, print media, but also in the field of legal proceedings in the territories densely populated by national minorities. Does our language law ensure the fulfillment of the obligations, which Ukraine has undertaken at the level of an international treaty? Definitely, not. Therefore, there is no need to play along, as well as deceive voters. The language law must be abolished,” Oleksandr Dolzhenkov concluded.

03 September 2019 14:44
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