The Ukrainian Parliament supported the law on indigenous peoples of Ukraine - in the first reading and in general. 325 MPs upheld it, with 226 votes necessary to pass. The respective bill № 5506 is available on the Parliament's website.
The document declares that the indigenous people is a local ethnic group shaped on the territory of Ukraine, which bears its own self-sufficient culture and launguage and has its own social, cultural and representative authorities. It considers itself an indigenous people of Ukraine, being an ethnic minority in the country's population and has no government-provided education outside Ukraine.
Crimean Tatars, Karaites and Krymchaks are recognized as these peoples.
The bill provides for broad cultural, economic, educational and language rights for these peoples. They can create their own education esbtablishments and to be taught in mother language. The indigenous peoples can create their own media and get funded from the state budget.
These peoples also received guarantees of legal protection from all sorts of actions aimed to assimilate or integrate them, and protection against manifestations of racial, ethnic and religious hatred.