The Verkhovna Rada (parliament) of Ukraine adopted a presidential law on indigenous peoples, UNIAN reports.
325 people’s deputies voted for the adoption of the draft law “On the indigenous peoples of Ukraine”.
The law determines that the indigenous people of Ukraine are an autochthonous ethnic community that has formed on the territory of Ukraine, is a bearer of an original language and culture, has traditional, social, cultural or representative bodies, is aware of itself as an indigenous people of Ukraine, is an ethnic minority in its population and does not have its own state education outside of Ukraine.
The law establishes that the indigenous peoples of Ukraine are the Crimean Tatars, Karaites, Krymchaks. By definition, Russians are not an indigenous people of Ukraine, as they have their own public education outside of Ukraine.
The law defines the guarantees of legal protection against any actions aimed at: deprivation of signs of ethnicity and integrity as original peoples, deprivation of cultural values; evictions or forced displacement from places of compact residence in any form; forced assimilation or forced integration in any form; encouragement or incitement to racial, ethnic or religious hatred directed against them.
The indigenous peoples of Ukraine are guaranteed cultural, educational, linguistic and informational rights.
The law also provides for the definition of the legal status of the representative bodies of the indigenous peoples of Ukraine, their resource provision, as well as issues of international representation of the indigenous peoples of Ukraine.
The indigenous peoples of Ukraine through representative bodies have the right to create their own mass media.
Earlier, on May 18, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy submitted to the Verkhovna Rada as an urgent draft law “On the indigenous peoples of Ukraine.”
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