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Transcarpathia association welcomes Venice Commission’s position on Ukraine minority law

The Transcarpathian Hungarian Cultural Association (KMKSZ) has welcomed the Venice Commission's decision to examine Ukraine's law on minority rights even though the Ukrainian authorities had not requested such a move.

The Council of Europe’s constitutional advisory body has said all members of national minorities have the full right to use their mother tongue both in private and in public, adding that Ukraine failed to meet its international commitments or adhere to European minority protection norms.

The Venice Commission’s report published on Tuesday notes that guaranteeing an adequate level of education and language rights is essential, and the body’s recommendations issued previously had not been fully adhered to, KMKSZ said in a statement today.

Whereas the KMKSZ said it welcomed the Ukrainian parliament’s one-year postponement of Article 7 of the country’s education law in compliance with the Commission’s recommendation, in order to resolve it properly, further amendments to the legislation on minorities were needed.


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