The presidential candidate of the OPPOSITION BLOC Oleksandr Vilkul demanded the Verkhovna Rada Speaker Andriy Parubiy to remove from consideration the draft law on language, as it splits Ukrainian society, contrary to the Constitution and the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.
According to Oleksandr Vilkul, the draft law contains a number of dangerous provisions. For example, disrespect for the state language is equated with the abuse of national symbols, such as emblem, anthem and flag. The draft law does not specify how to interpret “disrespect”.
“If, say, a doctor in Transcarpathia says something to a patient in Hungarian, or a seller in Chernivtsi Oblast talks to a buyer in Romanian, is it respect or disrespect? Who will determine this? “European intellectuals” like Mr. Parubiy, or the like? For the first time, administrative responsibility is provided – UAH 4,200, and if a violation occurs for the second and third time, then it is possible to become a recidivist – up to three years in prison. This is crazy nonsense,” Vilkul said during a briefing in the Verkhovna Rada.
The opposition leader is confident that the authorities are trying to prohibit the use of any other language, rather than protect the Ukrainian language.
“There is the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. Our authorities committed to comply with it, signing the Association Agreement with the EU. It says that if 10% of the population or more in a territory speaks a language other than the state, then it can be applied in all spheres of society. We are assigned an article for one call for the implementation of the provisions of the Charter. This is assigned to an attempt to change the constitutional system of Ukraine - from 5 to 10 years. Where we are led is dark Europe in the 1930s of Nazi Germany,” the opposition leader said.
According to Oleksandr Vilkul, the only reason why the language law appeared on the agenda was Poroshenko’s desire to raise his decreased rating. “In the absence of success in the economy and the social sphere, he speculates on humanitarian issues – he rewrites the true history, creates churches in which he plays the role of either God or patriarch. And now, right on the eve of the elections, he wants to adopt a so-called law on language, which has nothing to do with the defense of the Ukrainian state language,” the opposition leader stated.
Vilkul called on MPs not to comply with the instructions of the Presidential Administration and not to vote for a discriminatory draft law on language.
“Today, I addressed the heads of the factions and explained that the Poroshenko regime still had two weeks to exist. I am not sure that they heard me, but we will fight in the session hall, we will work with every MP, so that they do not to comply with the instructions of the Presidential Administration, the Cabinet of Ministers or their sponsors. It is necessary to think about Ukraine. We will not allow to bring discord in every city, every village and every family. Ukraine is a multilingual, multi-ethnic, multi-religious country. We will protect the rights of all Ukrainian citizens,” Oleksandr Vilkul concluded.