Language and identity in Ukraine
The OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities has been engaged in Ukraine, including Crimea, since the office was established in 1993. In recent years, the High Commissioner has been concerned about rising inter-ethnic tensions in the country, particularly in Crimea, and closely followed the development of language legislation.
Language has long been a contentious issue in Ukraine, leading protesters to take to the streets and bringing international attention to the country. The question of how languages are used and by whom, whether by doctors, courts or teachers, has even prompted violence during debates in the Ukrainian parliament, so deeply does it play into issues of identity. With so much at stake, it’s often hard to be sure of the facts on the ground.
Statements by the High Commissioner
Only by remembering past injustices can new ones be prevented
Speech commemorating 71st anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean Tatar people
18 May 2015
70 years since the Crimean Tatar Deportations
Speech commemorating 70th anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean Tatar people
18 May 2014
OSCE/ODIHR and HCNM release report by Human Rights Assessment Mission in Ukraine
WARSAW / THE HAGUE, 12 May 2014