The main Transcarpathian Hungarian party strongly criticized the new Ukrainian draft law. According to KMKSZ, the proposal is a step backwards for minority rights.
The Transcarpathian Hungarian Cultural Association (KMKSZ) criticized the draft law on national communities in Ukraine for its shortcomings, and also for the fact that local Hungarian organizations were not included in the discussion that preceded it.
In a statement published on their website on Tuesday, they pointed out that the draft law is practically identical to the version published a year ago, but “while the previous one aimed at ensuring minority rights, the current one only seeks to define peculiar details of social conditions related to minority rights.”
According to KMKSZ, the draft law “represents a significant restriction of rights in relation to the norms laid down in the Constitution and other international conventions, as well as in relation to the practice to date, and reinforces the restrictions codified in the recently adopted Law on Education and Language in the field of language, education, media, etc. rights.”
The draft law does not ensure the free use of national symbols or “the preservation of compact national minority settlements; it also makes it more difficult to support minority organizations, makes it impossible for minority language media to operate, and omits the prohibition of forced assimilation.”
“The adoption of the draft would lead to a further deterioration of the legal situation of minorities,” according to KMKSZ.
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