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Number of children studying Ukrainian in Crimea decrease by 50%, - OHCHR

Only 0.2% of Crimean schoolchildren receive education in Ukrainian
19:03, 19 March 2018

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In Crimea, the number of children receiving education in Ukrainian language or studying Ukrainian as a foreign language continues to decline rapidly. This was reported by Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in the report on the human rights situation in Ukraine.

"The number of students taught in Ukrainian language in Crimea has drastically decreased, falling by 97 per cent since 2014.214 In the current academic year, 318 students (0.2 per cent of children attending public schools in Crimea) are educated in Ukrainian language.216 In addition, the number of children taught Ukrainian as a subject, a selective course, or within extracurricular activities, has sharply fallen, by approximately 50 per cent (from 12,892 in 2016-2017 to 6,400 in the current academic year)," the report says.

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It is noted that about 5,600 students (3 per cent of students enrolled in public schools) receive education in Crimean Tatar - a number which has remained stable over the years.217 Currently, 21,600 students study Crimean Tatar as a subject, a selective course, or within extracurricular activities – an increase of 12 per cent, from 19,254 students in 2016-2017.

As it was reported earlier OHCHR is concerned that incidents of violence against media workers and restrictions of the right of freedom of expression continue in Ukraine. In particular, for the period from November 16, 2017 to February 15, 2018, 10 cases of encroachments on freedom of opinion and expression and freedom of the media were recorded.

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