The amendments to the Law "On Education in the Russian Federation" (in terms of studying the mother tongue from among the languages of the peoples of the country and the state languages of the republics within the Russian Federation) approved by the State Duma on July 25, contradict a number of international resolutions, according to the statement of the World Congress of Crimean Tatars.
The full text of the statement is provided below:
"Amendments adopted by the State Duma on July 25, 2018 make the studying of mother tongue in the schools of the national autonomous republics and regions of the Russian Federation unnecessary. These amendments are to come into force this autumn.
The abovementioned amendments contradict the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations, the UN Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities No. 47/135 of December 20, 1993, the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples of September 13, 2007, the European Convention on human rights.
Throughout history, the aggressive policies of tsarist Russia, the Soviet Union and today's Russian Federation are aimed at assimilating and genocide against peoples in the captured territories.
The purpose of the amendments to the law "On Education" is the complete destruction and assimilation of the Idel-Ural, Caucasus, Siberia, Far East captured by Russia, along with the Crimea occupied in 2014 and Crimean Tatars who live there, Ukrainians and other peoples of non-Russian origin. This is the first step in the cultural genocide.
Unfortunately, federal governments and local administrations of the Russian Federation have not reacted to the policy of genocide and doom their peoples to a tragic fate. Moreover, they never protected the rights of the local population.
The World Congress of the Crimean Tatars calls on all non-Russian peoples of the Russian Federation to oppose amendments to the law "On Education", to fight against the Kremlin's assimilation policy and take to the streets.
We urge all states of the world and international organizations to oppose these amendments and react to the Kremlin's policy in the most rigorous way. "
Reference: on July 25, the State Duma of the Russian Federation approved the amendments to the Law "On Education" in the final version regarding the study of the native language from among the languages of the peoples of the country and the state languages of the republics that are part of the Russian Federation.
Earlier, the Association of Culture and Mutual Aid of the Crimean Tatars urged the United Nations to condemn the intention of the Russian authorities to adopt a law regulating the study of native languages in schools of the Russian Federation.