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 Opposition Takes First Step Towards Abolition of Language Law

The Verkhovna Rada registered a law on the state language which, among other things, provides for the abolition of the earlier adopted language law.

The Ukrainian Pravda reports that the bill was introduced by Mykola Katerynchuk.

According to the document "this law is to ensure the use of Ukrainian as the state language in the territory of Ukraine, the right of Ukrainian citizens for the use of the state language, protection and development of the language culture."

The explanatory note to the bill states that "the State shall ensure comprehensive development and functioning of the Ukrainian language in all spheres of public life throughout Ukraine."

At that the bill emphasizes that "the Constitution does not specify the requirements to the peculiarities of practical use of the Ukrainian language as the state language, nor specifies the obligations of the government bodies in regard to the order of forming or maintaining the state language."

"The law is intended to define the responsibilities of government bodies, officials in the territory of Ukraine regarding the Ukrainian language as a state one, and the corresponding rights of citizens. The law obliges officials to use the Ukrainian language as the state one ... Citizens have the right to address the state government, local government, enterprises, institutions, organizations (regardless of ownership), public associations, officials in Ukrainian or other language acceptable to the parties," says the note.

The text of the bill, in particular, notes that "the obligation to use the state language should not be construed to deny or belittling the right to use other languages in the territory of Ukraine."

At the same time, the bill regulates the scope of the mandatory use of the Ukrainian language in Ukraine and the concurrent use of minority languages.

The document also outlines measures to protect and support the Ukrainian language and the rights of Ukrainian citizens to use the Ukrainian language in education, media, and when dealing with public authorities.


 
 
 
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