Ukraine’s language law breaches rights of Russian-speaking people – Moskalkova
MOSCOW, May 20 (RAPSI) – The law on Ukrainian language recently signed by Petro Poroshenko contradicts with the Minsk agreements guaranteeing the right of self-determination and crudely violates the rights of millions of Russian-speaking people, Russian ombudsman Tatiana Moskalkova stated on Monday.
Adoption of such provisions in the multinational state is dangerous as it tends to polarize people, the human rights commissioner believes.
The said law stipulates the exclusive use of the Ukrainian language in every area of life throughout the country, including politics, medicine and education. The language proficiency will be also necessary for obtaining the Ukrainian citizenship, according to the law.
On Monday, the UN Security Council is expected to hold an emergency meeting concerning the law adopted in Ukraine.
Moskalkova believes that representatives of international and human rights community will take all needed steps to prevent discrimination and violation of rights of Russian-speaking people in Ukraine.