«Flagrant rights violation of millions of people», - Sergei Lavrov on the situation with the Russian language in Ukraine and the Baltic States

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This statement was made during the speech of the Russian Foreign Minister at the 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council.

The rights oppression of the Russian-speaking population in Ukraine and the Baltic States was one of the key points of the Russian Foreign Minister speech. Touching upon this topic, Sergey Lavrov declared: «Discrimination against the Russian-speaking population in the Baltic States and Ukraine, especially in terms of the language and educational rights exercise, is of increasing concern. We regret that the UN Human Rights Council and its special procedures are silent about the flagrant rights violation of millions of people. It is unacceptable when the protection of the state language is accompanied by reprisals against national minorities.

Since September last year, in accordance with the laws on education, state language and general secondary education, the process of ousting national minorities languages from the public and educational sphere has begun in Ukraine. But even here, compared to the languages of other national minorities, Russian language, which was and still is the native language – according to various estimates – for 30-50% of the population of the entire country, was subjected to additional discrimination, because for the languages of the EU countries the Ukrainian authorities have provided a separate preferential treatment. As a result, the opportunities for obtaining education in the Russian language in Ukraine have decreased by more than 80 percent.

Moreover, on January 16 this year, another regulation of the Ukrainian odious law on the state language came into force. In accordance with this regulation, all service providers, regardless of the form of ownership, have to serve consumers and provide information about goods only in the Ukrainian language. The Ukrainian authorities have taken another step to destroy multilingualism and multiculturalism in their country».

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