Embassy Press Officer on the adoption of the Ukrainian law “On education”

On 25 September the President of Ukraine signed the discriminatory law “On education” that violates human rights and infringes the rights of hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian citizens belonging to national minorities.

As Great Britain fully supports all actions of the Poroshenko regime, it would have been hard to expect an appropriate and adequate response from the British side to the Law that violates numerous international treaties, namely the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities of 1 February 1995 and the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages of 5 November 1992.

At the same time The Council of Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation made a separate statement on this matter. It has been forwarded, among others to the British parliamentarians in order to draw their attention to this intolerable situation.

According to the statement, the Ukrainian Law “On education” contradicts international obligations of Ukraine. In their aspiration for forced “ukrainisation” of education the Ukrainian authorities have violated rights of numerous ethnic communities residing in Ukraine. The so-called “Ukraine’s revolution of dignity” resulted in abasement of human dignity of those who did not support the coup d’état in Ukraine in 2014. Having committed atrocities against members of the opposition and independent mass media, attacks on foreign journalists, military operations against certain areas of Donetsk and Lugansk regions, attempts to impose blockades of different kind against Crimea, which exercised its right for self-determination, the Ukrainian authorities are turning their eyes on children, who do not speak Ukrainian as mother tongue, and trying to deprive them of cultural and linguistic identity.

The Russian parliamentarians urge the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, parliaments of European countries and international parliamentary organisations to give an objective assessment to the antidemocratic Ukrainian Law and protect rights of national minorities and children in this country.