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Language law aims to discriminate languages of national minorities in Ukraine, - Medvedchuk

The leader of the political board of Opposition Platform - For Life party shared his vision of the document and its potential effect on the Ukrainian society
17:53, 12 March 2019

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The language law, edited and released by the Ukrainian parliament last month, is not supposed to protect and promote the use of Ukrainian language. Instead, it might be used to discriminate the Russian language and these of the national minorities. Viktor Medvedchuk, the leader of the political board of Opposition Platform - For Life party told this 112 Ukraine TV channel, as he shared his vision of the document and its potential effect on the Ukrainian society. 

'This is why the members of Opposition Platform - For Life filed 710 amendments, in addition to these 2,080 that are currently considered by the Parliament. They are trying to change the law so that does not become a discriminative measure, not breaking the incumbent Constitution', the official said.  

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Medvedchuk is also sure that Ukraine should be looking into the experience of the EU in terms of the language policy. 'In some countries, where most of the citizens speak one language but there are also some people speaking other languages, they either apply the second official language or create conditions for promotion and development of these languages, used by the minority - but this minority is considerable in its numbers for these countries', the pro-Russian politician added.

The law on the functioning of the Ukrainian language, which is to pass the second reading, was released on February 27. The bill foresees implementation of the only state language in all public sectors of the state. 

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