Lutkovska Received No Complaints Regarding Violations of the Rights of Russian Speakers in Crimea


Lutkovska visited Crimea and observed no violations of the rights of Russian speakers. She thinks one of the reasons behind Crimean conflict is the repeal of language law.

Ukrainian Ombudsman Valeriya Lutkovska stated that she has not received a single complaint recently alleging the violations of the rights of Russian speakers in Crimea.

“During this period, there have been no appeals that could suggest the violation of the rights of Russian speakers in Crimea”, said Lutkovska during a March 4 briefing following her visit to Crimea.

At the same time, she noted that the situation in Crimea was, to an extent, shaken by the Verkhovna Rada’s decision to repeal the language law. “It is, of course, very positive and highly important that there has been a decision to veto this law and to create a commission to draft a new version of the language law”, said the Ombudsman.

Lutkovska also emphasized that the idea of repealing the language law, while not the primary, is one of the many reasons that gave rise to the current conflict situation in Crimea.

Speaking to the Ukrainian News agency, Lutkovska stated that she has no intentions to resign from her post. “I see no grounds for seeking resignation based on the people’s deputies’ initiatives. There can be many such initiatives. Yet, there is an applicable provision of the law, which clearly states which drafts should there be and how to respond to them”, noted Lutkovska.



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