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

Source : 112 Ukraine

Hungarian MFA thinks that this law will derogate from rights of the Hungarian minority in Ukraine
13:07, 12 September 2017

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Hungary addressed a complaint to the international organizations due to the new education on law adopted by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine that derogates the rights of the Hungarian minority in Ukraine as Radio Liberty reported.

The Hungarian government calls the attention in the complaint to the OSCE Secretary General, OSCE Commissioner on National Minorities, OSCE Chairman-in-office, UN Commissioner for Human Rights and EU Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations to the adoption of a new education law by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine that will derogate from rights of the Hungarian minority in Ukraine according to Budapest.

The Foreign Minister of Hungary Peter Szijjarto claimed at the press conference that his country also asks to assume high-priority measures to prevent this law from entry into force.

Last Sunday the Minister summoned the Ambassador of Ukraine to Hungary Lyubov Nepop. The State Secretary of the Hungarian MFA Levente Madiar met the Ukrainian Ambassador. However, the explanation of the Ukrainian diplomat that the Hungarians and representatives of other national minorities who live in Ukraine should be proficient in the Ukrainian language did not satisfy the Hungarian side.

‘I think these explanations cynical and dishonest and they do not confirm the legitimacy of the situation’, Peter Szijjarto claimed.

Also, Szijjarto added that Kyiv can count on the voting of Hungary on the extension of anti-Russian sanctions taking into account that it is necessary to keep the territorial integrity of Ukraine and extension of the economic sanctions.

The parliamentarians of the pro-government and opposition Hungarian parties revealed the intention to appeal to the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko with a request not to sign the law on education.

The Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin published at Twitter that ‘Ukraine will make the steps to develop the Ukrainian language in the following and provide free development of the languages of the national minorities. It is our duty’.

Last week the Hungarian MFA criticized the adopted law on education noting that it violates the rights of the national minorities.

Romania and Poland also claimed about their solicitude due to the possible violation of the rights of the national minorities.

Also, the President of Moldova criticized this law and urged Ukraine to reconsider new policy towards the national minorities.

 Earlier, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the law on the education that starts the reform in Ukraine. The law provides that the language of the educational process is the state language.

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