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Hungary appeals in UN to investigate Ukrainian education law
12:09, 23 September 2017
Hungary appeals in UN to investigate Ukrainian education law

Hungary believes the law violates the UN convention and the international law

12:09, 23 September 2017

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Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary Péter Szijjártó, during his speech at the 72nd United Nations General Assembly, said that the education law previously adopted in Ukraine violates the right to use the language of national minorities.

He addressed the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to investigate the law, according to Ukrinform.

“Regretfully, the Ukrainian Parliament adopted the new education law on September 5. This law substantially limits the right (to use the language of ethnic minorities), doesn’t allow children younger than ten years old to receive education in their mother tongue,” Szijjártó said.

Related: Why Hungary aggravates language problem with Ukraine?

He emphasized that the law clearly violates the UN convention and the international law. He also emphasized that Hungary would support their people abroad, regardless of where they live.

The education law accepted by the Ukrainian Parliament makes the state language the language of educational process in Ukraine. Some countries, among which HungaryMoldovaRussia, and Romania, are concerned over this new law, stating that it violates the rights of ethnic minorities. 

Hungary claimed they would no longer support Ukraine at the international stage, because of the law.

Related: Hungary complains to UN, OSCE due to education law adopted in Ukraine

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