[lg policy] Ukraine: Constitutional Court advises MPs to read thoroughly language draft law

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jun 1 14:58:21 UTC 2012

Constitutional Court advises MPs to read thoroughly language draft law

The judge of the Constitutional Court Andriy Stryzhak does not
understand why some MPs consider the draft law on language policy to
be an outrage.  Strizhak mentioned that the bill could provoke some
disputes if there were any grounds for it. He noted that often the
events on some issue are far from true intentions to establish the

The judge of the Constitutional Court underlined that the development
of regional languages is provided by the Constitution of Ukraine,
particularly by the Article 10. "It outlines far more issues than the
draft law under consideration does," Stryzhak said.

The judge admitted that the deputies, who created a buzz around the
language draft law, merely had not read it since all the events are
just a pre-election twist. The judge read the Article 10 of the
Constitution of Ukraine, under which the state must ensure the full
development and functioning of the Ukrainian language in all the
spheres of life, but at the same time, must guarantee the free
development and use of Russian and other languages of national
minorities. "So it is stipulated by the Constitution. The Russian
language is a separate issue," he said.

Stryzhak added that to resolve the language problem, the Constitution
is to be amended. "So I stress, if this draft law indeed humbles the
Ukrainian language, then the fight will be justified," the judge said,
advising the deputies to read the language draft. As ForUm reported,
on May 24, the debates on the language policy draft law resulted in
the fight between MPs in the session hall of the Parliament.


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