France: PACE lawmakers say Ukraine's new education law undermines minorities' rights

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) adopted a draft resolution on Ukraine’s new law on education in minorities’ languages, at a plenary session in Strasbourg on Thursday. Out of 110 lawmakers, 82 parlimentarians voted in support of the document, 11 voted against it and a final 17 abstained. Lawmakers argued that the law impinges on the rights of ethnic minorities to... Еще receive education in their own language. Swedish Unified European Left Group member Lotta Johnsson Fornarve stressed how the law concerns a “very delicate and sensitive matter” and crucially, is being implemented in what is a particulalry “multi-ethnic, multi-language and multi-cultural country.” On September 25, Ukrainian President Poroshenko signed a law on education, which defines Ukrainian as the language of command in educational facilities. The decision has already received condemnation from neighbouring states, and was heavily criticised during the PACE meeting.

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