Romanian Hungarians write statement to UN on protection of minorities rights, - media

Source : 112 Ukraine

The statement is about the suppression of Zakarpattia Hungarians
13:03, 25 October 2018


On October 24, on the day of celebration of UN Day, the Romanian-Hungarian political parties and organizations signed a joint statement for the protection of minorities’ rights, which was presented to the United Nations, as reported.

In particular, it highlights the suppression of Zakarpattia Hungarians.

“As not only Zakarpattia minorities are deprived of their rights in Ukraine, but also Hungarians are persecuted, the second article of the UN Declaration on elimination of discrimination should be mentioned. We ask to warn Ukraine, according to the Charter of the United Nations, to be responsible for the adopted document,” the statement says.

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The Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (RMDSZ), Hungarian People’s Party of Transylvania (EMNP), Hungarian Civil Party (MPP), and the representatives of the Hungarian National Council (EMNT) and Székelys National Council (SZNC) signed the statement. The parties and the organizations met on 24 in Cluj-Napoca (Romania) with the participation of Szili Katalin, the Speaker of the National Assembly of Hungary.

It should be noted that the relationships between Hungary and Ukraine got worse after Ukraine adopted the law on education which states that the national minorities are gradually transferred to schooling in Ukrainian, while learning their mother tongue at the optional course.

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Besides, there were some other conflicts – Hungary decided to create a post of the Minister of Zakarpattia region development.

Earlier, Ukrinfrom published a video where a few Ukrainians were receiving Hungarian passports and owed allegiance to Hungry in the Consulate in Berehove. The Hungarian diplomat recommended not to inform the Ukrainian authorities about receiving the new documents. 

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Ukraine's Foreign Minister said that the video was checked on the authenticity. If it is authentic, the Hungarian consul will be expelled from the country. 

In his turn, Péter Szijjártó, Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs, claimed the attempts to intimidate the Transcarpathian Hungarians and threatened to make Ukraine’s integration more complicated

Later it was also reported that for seven years, the Hungarian consulates in Berehove and Uzhhorod of Zakarpattia region have been granting Hungarian citizenship to local residents who are citizens of Ukraine.

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Yuriy Lutsenko, Prosecutor General, claimed that Ukraine's Security Service investigates this case; however, the service denied this.

Tamás Menczer, Hungary’s Foreign Minister Spokesperson later reported that Hungary does not intend to withdraw its consul from Berehove due to the scandalous video about the issuance of Hungarian passports to the Ukrainians.

In its turn, Ukraine claimed that if the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary does not withdraw its consul from Berehove, Ukraine will offer him to abandon the territory.

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