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Ukrainian language law comes into force

Some of the areas of public life should be influenced by the law today. Those include the activity of state and local authority, office work and document flow, justice, Armed Forces of Ukraine and military units, law enforcement system and others
10:07, 16 July 2019

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On July 16, the law on Ukrainian language No. 2704-VIII came into force. Not all of it though, the most high-profile ones will take effect later.

Some of the areas of public life should be influenced by the law today. Those include the activity of state and local authority, office work and document flow, justice, Armed Forces of Ukraine and military units, law enforcement system, border crossing, elections and referendums, education, working communication, science, culture, television.

Related: Why Ukraine’s new language law will have long-term consequences

As it was reported earlier, on April 25, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the draft law #5670-d on the provision of the functioning of the Ukrainian language as the state one in the second reading and in general.

The status of Ukraine's state language will be endorsed over the course of the next ten years when the government implements the respective program. 

Related: Ukraine’s Constitutional Court urged to recognize language law illegal

On May 18, Russia’s representation to the UN appealed to the Chairman of the Security Council asking to call the session because Verkhovna Rada adopted the language law. However, UN Security Council denied Russia discussion the Ukrainian language law.

 

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