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We will do everything so that President does not sign secondary education law, - Medvedchuk

Source : 112 Ukraine

International organizations stand against this bill, too, says the Chairman of Political Council of the Opposition Platform - For Life party
18:28, 21 January 2020

Viktor Medvedchuk
112 Agency

Opposition Platform - For Life party will do everything so that President of Ukraine does not sign the "criminal" law on secondary education. Viktor Medvedchuk, the Chairman of Political Council of this political force reported that at a briefing after the press conference in Poltava, central Ukraine. 

"[We're talking about] the law on secondary education. But the law on education that they passed earlier doesn't meet the requirements of the Constitution and contradicts the interests of people in Ukraine, either. One can only fix it one way. We're currently saying that we'll do everything necessary for the President not to sign it - as fas as the law on secondary education is concerned, because it's very important. Today, it's the discrimination of Russian-speaking population, it's the discrimination of the Russian language and a violation of five articles of the Constitution (11, 10, 22, 24 and 52). One can't make peace with it. If the President signs that law, which is, in our opinion, a criminal one... the law that is not in line with the way of our life and the interests of millions of our citizens, we'll go to the Constitution Court", he said. 

Related: Russia believes Ukraine's law on secondary education discriminates Russian language

"Besides, we also consider the case of the official language (Ukrainian), and the education law. I can tell you that practically all international organizations expressed their disapproval against this. The Human Rights Commissioner of the Council of Europe stood against the language issue and the matters of education; the UN Mission insisted that the order was necessary, and what they passed in Ukraine today does not comply with the interests of protection of national minorities and their language rights. The Venice Commission said the same when it came to the law on the official language and the law on education. Today, similar assessments will be made in terms of secondary education law. That's the crime that the incumbent government is committing, paying no attention to things", the MP said.

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