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You're reading: Lviv Regional Council to appeal against adoption of language law in Higher Administrative Court

The deputies of Lviv Regional Council has ordered its chairman, Oleh Pankevych, to file an appeal at the Higher Administrative Court of Ukraine (HACU) against the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on recognizing as unlawful its actions in the preparation and adoption of the law on the principles of state language policy, the press service of the Svoboda Party reported on Thursday, Aug. 2.

Ninety deputies voted for the decision on the socio-political
situation, including the abovementioned appeal, at an extraordinary
session of Lviv Regional Council on August 2

The appeal states that the language law was passed in violation of
the Constitution of Ukraine and the law on the parliament’s rules of
procedure.

In addition, the regional council submitted a statement to the
Prosecutor General’s Office and the Security Service of Ukraine
regarding evidence of criminality in the actions of the Verkhovna Rada
and its officials during the preparation and adoption of the language
law, as envisaged under Part 3, Article 161 of the Criminal Code
(intentional acts committed by an organized group of individuals and
aimed at inciting national enmity and hatred, humiliation of national
honor and dignity, as well as the direct or indirect restriction of
rights of citizens on grounds of language).

As reported, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine passed the law on the
principles of state language policy initiated by the Regions Party on
July 3. The document significantly expands the sphere of use of Russian
and languages of other national minorities in the regions where they are
used by at least 10% of population. Members of the Regions Party
parliamentary faction Vadym Kolesnichenko and Serhiy Kivalov are the
authors of the law.

The approval of the document by the parliament triggered a number of
protests across the country. In particular, a hunger strike and a mass
protest were staged near the Ukrainian House in Kyiv following the vote.

Verkhovna Rada Chairman Volodymyr Lytvyn refused to sign the law and
submitted a letter of resignation. However, the Verkhovna Rada twice
held votes of confidence in the speaker, and did not accept his
resignation.

On July 31, Lytvyn signed the law on the principles of state language
policy. The law has already been sent to Ukrainian President Viktor
Yanukovych for signature.

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