Azarov: Language policy legislation should protect rights of people

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July 14, 2012, 8:39 a.m. | Ukraine | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

An opposition protester holds an umbrella with the colors of the Ukrainian flag as he protects himself against hot weather in front of the parliament in Kiev on July 6, 2012, during a permanent rally against a controversial bill elevating the status of Russian. The parliament adjourned on July 6 for a summer recess despite failing to resolve a crisis over its rushed passing of the bill. In its final session, the Verkhovna Rada voted not to even consider whether to accept the resignation of speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn who announced he would quit after not being warned the chamber was preparing to pass the bill. The Rada is not due to convene again until September 4 and the recess essentially leaves Ukrainian politics in limbo as the speaker's signature is required for the bill -- adopted on July 4 -- to be considered approved. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY


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Ukrainian Premier Mykola Azarov has said that Ukraine's language legislation should protect people's right to use their native language.

 "The root of the problem is that we should give our people a possibility to live in comfort, not to restrict their right to read books, watch movies in a language that is natural to them," the premier wrote on his page in Facebook on Friday.

"I hope that after some time more and more people in Ukraine will share the idea that human rights should be in first place and the legislation should be based on this axiom," he added.

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