Ukrainian Parliament abolishes language law, neighboring states protest
Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania expressed their dissatisfaction today with a decision taken by the Ukrainian Parliament on Sunday to abolish a law on languages that was adopted in 2012. All three countries have large national minority populations living in several places throughout Ukraine and are therefore calling on the new leadership of the country to respect their rights.
Russia criticized the abolition of the law on Monday. A majority of Ukrainian MPs agreed over the weekend to dismiss former President Viktor Yanukovych, to support the new leadership of the country, and that the language law was unconstitutional and did not conform to European law.
The legislation had permitted the use of a second language in regions where a national minority comprises more than 10 % of the population. The head of Ukraine's neo-fascist Freedom movement, Oleg Tjagnybok, assured minority representatives during the parliamentary debate that the body would adopt a new law on the issue as soon as possible.
The abolition of the law was evidently intended to restrict Russia's influence inside Ukraine. On the basis of its regulations, 14 Russian-language areas and municipalities in the southeast of Ukraine had already proclaimed Russian their second "regional" language.
A similar step has also been taken by other minorities, with Hungarian proclaimed a second language in part of the Transcarpathian area and Romanian proclaimed a second language in some communities. Deutsche Presse-Agentur reports that Romanian President Traian Basescu called on Ukraine today to make it possible for national minorities to speak their mother tongues.
Basescu believes the country can only remain united "if those holding power show minorities the respect they are due... including the Russian minority." Around 400 000 ethnic Romanians live in Ukraine.
The Bulgarian Foreign Ministry has pointed out that the abolition of the law is also affecting the 200 000 ethnic Bulgarian Ukrainians. Bulgaria is calling on Ukraine's current political leadership to "take responsibility and strengthen the involvement of all groups in Ukrainian society through respect for human rights and the rule of law."
Hungarian Foreign Minister János Martonyi has called for the roughly 150 000 Hungarians living in Ukraine to be able to freely use their mother tongue. He referenced an incident that occurred in the border town of Berehove on Monday, when Ukrainian ultra-nationalists from the "Right Sector" group disrupted an event organized by the local Hungarian minority there.
The Russian Foreign Ministry criticized the abolition of the language law on Monday. "By referring to the revolutionary situation, decisions and laws are being rubber-stamped in Kiev that violate the rights of national minorities, including the Russian minority," Russian diplomats complained in their statement.
- Slovakia: Romani women protest discrimination in maternity hospital with a petition
- Slovakia: Sale of salon to hairdresser underway until landlord, neighbors see he is Romani
- Czech Republic: David Beňák is now Deputy Human Rights Minister, his priority is the law on social enterprises
- Commentary: Paradoxes in the war on political correctness
- Commentary: Czech Foreign Minister is all over the map when it comes to the issue of freedom of movement - why?
- Jana Šedivcová: Are all Czech children cat killers and all Romani children flamingo killers? Collective blame is unacceptable
- Czech Republic: NGO disagrees with court that principal discriminated against Romani preschoolers
- Czech court rules that school ethnically discriminated against Romani children by rejecting their enrollment
- Czech state chooses firm to appraise pig farm on concentration camp site
- Czech Justice Minister will not discipline state prosecutor accused of protecting racists
- Czech Human Rights Minister meets with management of Hate Free project to discuss its future
- Czech court rejects student's compensation claim after school allegedly banned her from wearing her hijab
Tags:CEE, Diskriminace, Jazyk, Legislativa, Lidská práva, Menšiny, Politika, Rusko, Ukrajina
Czech Republic: ROMEA calls for boycott of performances by Romani group and Russian military ensemble, rejects Russian propaganda14.5.2017 9:35
videoOpening remarks at commemoration quote Romani genocide survivor: "There's a pig farm at Lety. How could they allow that?"13.5.2017 20:57
(Výbor pro odškodnění romského holocaustu - VPORH). In his opening remarks he reminded those assembled of the fate of the Roma and Sinti during the Second World War by
recalling the story of one of them, which news server Romea.cz publishes here in full translation.
videoFULL VIDEO: Commemorative ceremony honoring the memory of the Romani victims of the Holocaust at Lety u Písku13.5.2017 19:40
Každý diskutující musí dodržovat PRAVIDLA DISKUZE SERVERU Romea.cz. Moderátoři serveru Romea.cz si vyhrazují právo bez předchozího upozornění skrýt nevhodné příspěvky z diskuse na Romea.cz. Ty pak budou viditelné jen pro vás a vaše přátele na Facebooku. Při opakovaném porušení pravidel mohou moderátoři zablokovat zobrazování vašich příspěvků v diskusích na Romea.cz ostatním uživatelům.