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Sep 21, 2017

Hungarian Parliament calls for measures to be taken against Ukraine's education law impacting minorities

Hungarian lawmakers have unanimously passed a five-party decree condemning “the unlawful Ukrainian education law” and urging measures to be taken against it

Hungarian lawmakers have unanimously passed a five-party decree condemning “the unlawful Ukrainian education law” and urging measures to be taken against it.

According to MTI, the motion was initiated in response to Ukraine’s new education law that bans post-primary-level education in minority languages.

"The decree states that the law seriously restricts the rights of Ukraine’s Hungarian community to education and use of their mother tongue. Further, the new law not only violates European norms but also is counter to a number of fundamental international treaties that Ukraine voluntarily signed up to on protecting a minority’s ethnic, cultural, linguistic and religious identity," a statement added. "The decree urges the leaders of Ukraine to respect “common European values of democracy and the rule of law” and to stop the new law from taking effect. It also calls on the Hungarian government to take every possible measure to prevent the new law’s enforcement."

We recenetly revelaed how foreign ministers from Hungary, Romania, Greece and Bulgaria had sent their Ukrainian counterpart Pavlo Klimkin, Council of Europe's Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland and OSCE High Commissioner for National Minorities Lamberto Zannier a joint letter expressing "concern" and "deep regret" over Ukraine's new education law impacting minorities in the country.