Виступ делегації України в Женеві під час інтерактивного діалогу зі Спецдоповідачем з питань меншин у рамках п.3 порядку денного 37-ї сесії РПЛ (мовою оригіналу)
37th session of the UN Human Rights Council
Agenda item 3
Interactive dialogue with Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues
Intervention by Ukraine
(Geneva, March 14, 2018)
We welcome the Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues Mr de Varennes and would like to make some comments regarding his report.
Ethnic or national minority issues have never triggered the ongoing conflict on the territory of Ukraine. National minorities in Ukraine are affected as a result of the external aggression against my country.
Ukraine shares your view that issues surrounding access to quality education without discrimination remain key challenges for many minorities and States.
Hence my question to you – how would you assess the fact that in the Russian-occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea between 2013 and 2017 the number of young people taking instruction in the Ukrainian language has drastically dropped – from almost 13 000 to 370 (decreased by 35 times!). The rights of Crimean Tatars exist only on paper, and are constantly violated as regularly confirmed by OHCHR reports.
Ukrainian history and geographical location make our State a home for plethora of national minorities, who speak diverse languages and preserve their culture within the internationally recognized borders of Ukraine. My country is also the only home for indigenous peoples, Karaims, Crimean Tatars, Krymchaks, who enrich our culture and heritage.
The recently adopted law “On Education” is our key instrument to modernize the whole education sphere, bring it closer to the EU standards. With regard to the language of education, Ukraine values civilized dialogue and constructive discussion with our international partners. The Venice Commission has already expressed the opinion on the issue, and the road map on implementation of relevant recommendations is being fulfilled.