[lg policy] Ukraine to examine minority language laws

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Wed Mar 5 16:17:46 UTC 2014

Ukraine to examine minority language laws

Tuesday, March 04, 2014
[image: Parliament sets up commission which could make Russian a second
official language]

Parliament sets up commission which could make Russian a second official

KIEV "" The Ukrainian parliament has agreed to draft legislation which
could establish Russian as the country's second official language.

The resolution, passed by 275 Ukrainian MPs on Tuesday, will establish a
commission to prepare new legislation "on the principles of the state
language policy"  to be submitted to parliament on March 31.

Language rights have been a source of conflict between Ukrainians and
Russian-speaking citizens. Last month, the national parliament abolished
existing legislation which gave Russian and other minority tongues the
status of a "regional language"  alongside Ukrainian if spoken by over 10
percent of the local population in a specific region.


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