[lg policy] Ukraine: Azarov: Language policy legislation should protect rights of people

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jul 17 16:28:10 UTC 2012

Azarov: Language policy legislation should protect rights of people
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July 14, 2012, 8:39 a.m. |
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An opposition protester holds an umbrella with the colors of the Ukrainian
flag as he protects himself against hot weather in front of the parliament
in Kiev on July 6, 2012, during a permanent rally against a controversial
bill elevating the status of Russian. The parliament adjourned on July 6
for a summer recess despite failing to resolve a crisis over its rushed
passing of the bill. In its final session, the Verkhovna Rada voted not to
even consider whether to accept the resignation of speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn
who announced he would quit after not being warned the chamber was
preparing to pass the bill. The Rada is not due to convene again until
September 4 and the recess essentially leaves Ukrainian politics in limbo
as the speaker's signature is required for the bill -- adopted on July 4 --
to be considered approved. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY

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  Ukrainian Premier Mykola Azarov has said that Ukraine's language
legislation should protect people's right to use their native language.

 "The root of the problem is that we should give our people a possibility
to live in comfort, not to restrict their right to read books, watch movies
in a language that is natural to them," the premier wrote on his page in
Facebook on Friday.

"I hope that after some time more and more people in Ukraine will share the
idea that human rights should be in first place and the legislation should
be based on this axiom," he added.

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