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Constitutional Court Declares Law On Language Policy Unconstitutional

Constitutional Court Declares Law On Language Policy Unconstitutional

The Constitutional Court declared unconstitutional the law "On the State Language Policy."

Head of the Svoboda All-Ukrainian Association party Oleh Tiahnybok wrote this on Facebook, Ukrainian News Agency reports.

Members of the Parliament of the Svoboda party were among the initiators of the constitutional submitting.

The court passed the decision on Wednesday, February 28, on the submission of 57 Members of the Parliament.

The Constitutional Court considered the constitutionality of the law from November 17, 2016.

As Ukrainian News Agency earlier reported, on August 8, 2012, President Viktor Yanukovych signed the law on the basis for the state language policy, which was sponsored by the Members of the Parliament Vadym Kolesnychenko and Serhii Kivalov of the Party of Regions faction, which prompted protests by the opposition and civil society.

The law provides for official use of regional languages in the work of local government agencies on territories where at least 10% of residents are native speakers of the relevant language.

On February 23, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada declared the law on language policy as invalid.

However, then acting President Oleksandr Turchynov refused to approve the repeal of this law.

Russia calls Ukraine's attempt to repeal this law as one of the reasons for the annexation of Crimea.

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