Muradov called Crimea as an example of observance of the rights of linguistic minorities


RIA Novosti

WARSAW, 18 Sep — RIA Novosti. Crimea can be an example of observance of the rights of members of linguistic minorities, said the Vice-Premier of the Crimean government, the permanent representative of Crimea under the Russian President Georgi Muradov journalists in Warsaw.

On Monday the Polish authorities for more than two hours spent Muradova at the Warsaw airport, without giving him the opportunity to speak at the OSCE meeting in the Polish capital. The envoy arrived in Warsaw on Monday morning, and despite the fact that it has a diplomatic passport, was forced to spend in the airport more than two hours. Instead, the speech, which spoke of the rights of Russian national minorities in a number of countries, was read by his assistant.

“We want to convey to the international community the concerns of Russian civil society about the situation and sliding into a dangerous point. In our statement we expressed in proposing specific models of solving existing problems”, — Muradov said.

He said that among the proposed measures, “recognition of the existence of problems of discrimination of Russians and Russian speakers in the territory of the former Soviet Union despite the fact that in many European Convention have absolutely clear rules addressing these issues — that is, basic human rights and their observance”.

“In relation to all other peoples, they are respected — take the Swedes in Finland, Francophones in Canada or Belgium, these issues have been resolved and resolved in the ways indicated, but against the Russian-speaking population, they do not apply”, — said the permanent representative.

He also gave Crimea as an example of the solution of the language issue. “I would like to refer to something like this happening here. There was a reunion of the Crimea with Russia. Russia together with the government of the Republic of Crimea adopted a decision that in the Crimea will be three official languages — Russian, Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar”, — said Muradov.

“If we, Russian, are also treated in the Baltic States, where we have 25-30% of Russian speaking population, Russian language was recognized as the national or at least regional in places of compact residence, then perhaps there would be no cause for tantrums in the Baltic countries about the fact that disgruntled Russians allegedly put pressure on the Baltic States on the subject of solving the question of the Russian language”, — he concluded.

These days in Warsaw is Europe’s largest conference on human rights, which is organized annually by the OSCE Office for democratic institutions and human rights (ODIHR). This two-week meeting in the Polish capital attracts hundreds of representatives of States-participants of OSCE, experts of international Affairs, NGO activists and human rights defenders.

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