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President Zelensky, his ministers head policy of discrimination of Russian language, - Medvedchuk

Author : Viktor Medvedchuk

President Zelensky changed radically his principled position, refusing to reconsider frankly discriminatory law “On provision of the functioning of Ukrainian language as state one”
14:15, 7 October 2019

Viktor Medvedchuk
112 Agency

Zelensky tricked cynically his electorate. Six months ago, in the run-up to the first tour of the presidential elections candidate for presidency Volodymyr Zelensky stated: “…We should not press Russian language”.

A month ago, a few days after his triumph in the second tour, Zelensky admitted that “the bill on the state language was considered during the electoral cycle that made it a captive of the political rhetoric”. Moreover, he promised to hold “careful analysis of this law to ensure that all constitutional rights and interests of all citizens of Ukraine are observed in it”.

Then the position of Volodymyr Zelensky was clear and unambiguous: “My principled position – the state should facilitate the development of Ukrainian language by the creation of the incentive and positive examples instead of bans and punishments”.

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However, after taking office President Zelensky changed radically his principled position, refusing to reconsider frankly discriminatory law “On provision of the functioning of Ukrainian language as state one”, which provides the forcible Ukrainization of the Russian-speaking population.

The proof of it is the statement of Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport Borodyansky that the current law will not be amended and statement of Education and Science Minister Novosad about the transition of Russian-language schools to Ukrainian language of education from September 2020. The actions of Ze-authority show discrimination of Russian-speaking citizens, violation of their legal right to speak and learn in native language.

I would like to remind President Zelensky who has not held “careful analysis” of the language law that the norms of the law “On provision of the functioning of Ukrainian citizen as the state one” contradicts and flagrantly violate the Constitution of Ukraine and number of international legal acts:

  • Article 10 of the Constitution of Ukraine, which guarantee “free development, use, and protection of Russian, other languages of national minorities of Ukraine;
  • Framework Convention of the Council of Europe on the protection of the national minorities dated February 1, 1995, ratified by the law of Ukraine dated December 9, 1997;
  • International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights 1973, which is the international agreements and it possesses the obligatory force for 172 countries-members of the UN.
  • European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages November 5, 1992, which was ratified by law of Ukraine May 15, 2003.

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Anti-constitutional,  openly discriminatory Poroshenko-Parubiy language law continues to act and it shows that the president Zelensky violated his electoral promises and betrayed the interests of millions of Ukrainians – Russian-speaking citizens and residents of South-East of the country. Moreover, today President Zelensky and his ministers headed the policy of the discrimination of Russian-speaking citizens.

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