Сancelling state status of Ukrainian language in occupied Crimea, Donbas is human rights violation

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Canan Kevser
31 December 2020, 19:14
Canan Kevser
31 December 2020, 19:14

Deprivation of the Ukrainian language of the state language status in the occupied territories is a violation of human rights, Ukraine state language ombudsman Taras Kremin says.

Kremin explained that the language legislation was cancelled by de-facto authorities in the occupied territories of Ukraine, which deprived the Ukrainian language of the status of the state language.

“This is not only a primitive imitation of the procedures of the so-called legislative activity of the occupation regime. It is a violation of human rights, of which the PACE deputies, the OSCE High Commissioner have been notified,” the Commissioner for the Protection of the State Language said in an interview with Interfax.

Taras Kremin expressed hope that the information his Secretariat collects together with the Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian Parliament) Human Rights Commissioner Liudmyla Denisova will become the subject of his annual report in 2021, and will be replicated around the world.

The Ombudsman asserted that Crimea and Donbas are Ukraine, and the people who live there are Ukrainians. “They cannot be separated, including in the language issue,” he added.

The commissioner also highlighted that children residing in the occupied territories should enjoy better access to Ukrainian education; and that officials first need to talk about this matter.

In June, the self-styled “People’s Council” of so-called Luhansk People’s Republic passed the amendment to the “Constitution”, depriving Ukrainian language of the national status. The same move was made in the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic, in March 2020.