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    KIRGHIZIA STATE LANGUAGE DRAFT LAW IMPINGES ON RUSSIAN-SPEAKERS' RIGHTS - KIRGHIZ PARLIAMENTARIAN

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    BISHKEK, MARCH 4. /RIA NOVOSTI / -- Approved by the lower chamber of the parliament of Kirghizia last February, the law on the state language impinges on the rights of Russian speakers, Kirghiz parliamentarian Zainitdin Kurmanov told RIA Novosti in an interview.

    The Russian language has the official status in Kirghizia. The new law, which has not yet come into force, is designed to strengthen the state functions of the Kirghiz language and delimit the authorities of the state and the official languages, ", said the deputy.

    For instance, the law says that "the main language of teaching in Kirghizia is Kirghiz". If so, teaching in other languages is, from the legal point of view, unlawful, Kurmanov noted.

    In addition, the law contains many inaccuracies and variant readings, which "always is the ground for abuses".

    In the opinion of the Kirghiz parliamentarian, article 10 of the law is particularly questionable because it demands from public servants the obligatory knowledge of the state language "in the volume required for the performance of their official duties". First, it is not clear what is meant by "the required volume" and who will decide on it. Second, this article "is a rude violation of the constitutional norm" because the constitution of Kirghizia has it that the rights of nobody may be impinged because of his knowledge or not of the state language, stressed the Kirghiz parliamentarian.

    As is known to RIA Novosti, the law On the State Language of the Kirghiz Republic has not yet come into force and has not been endorsed by President of Kirghizia Askar Akaev.

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