Szijjarto turns to CoE chief again over Ukraine education law

Hungary’s foreign minister has again appealed to the Council of Europe’s Secretary-General over Ukraine’s new education law affecting Transcarpathian Hungarians, the foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

Peter Szijjarto told Thorbjorn Jagland in a letter that the Ukrainian parliament and the country’s government had failed to take any action to comply with the opinion released in connection with the contested law by the Venice Commission six months ago, the ministry said in a statement.

No decision has been taken by the Ukrainian parliament to date on suspending the law which bans post-primary-level education in minority languages. Moreover, the Ukrainian government has still not begun talks with Hungarian ethnic leaders on it, Szijjarto said.

The foreign minister also informed the Secretary-General that Ukraine infringes the acquired rights of minorities to the use of their mother tongue in conducting official affairs and in preserving their culture.

Hungary has submitted several proposals to Ukraine on tackling the contested issues surrounding minority rights. This, however, has not met with a response, Szijjarto said.
He asked the CoE chief to closely monitor developments in Ukraine and help improve the situation of national communities.

Source and photo: MTI

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