Jobbik's vice president banned from Romania again

On 8th March, I was going to travel to Transylvania to attend the Szekler Freedom Day and express my support for the territorial autonomy of Szeklerland. On the days preceding and following the event, I was supposed to hold press conferences and meet local citizens in Kolozsvár (Cluj), Székelyudvarhely (Odorheiu Secuiesc) and Szatmárnémeti (Satu Mare), as well as have other meetings there. After waiting nearly half an hour at Ártánd border station, the Romanian border guard told me that he was not allowed to let me proceed as I had been banned from the country for three years. He also informed me that the ruling against me had been in effect since 21st October, 2015. So, just like in the case of my first ban between March 2014 and March 2015, I was only informed that I was not allowed to enter Transylvanian land when I arrived at the border. I had not received any notification in advance and neither was I informed of the specific reasons for my ban.

I find it astounding and outrageous that the authorities of a fellow EU member and a NATO ally neighbour state may pass such an arbitrary resolution and conduct a procedure without a proper explanation, grossly infringing on basic EU rights. The restriction of my free movement in the European Union without any notification, official announcement or the establishment of charges or suspicion is intolerable.

On account of my earlier, one-year ban I have already turned to the European Court of Human Rights and sued the Romanian state in Strasbourg. Naturally, I will also refuse to back down now, I shall utilize all available legal opportunities in Romania and internationally alike. Not only as an MP but also as a citizen of Hungary, I expect Hungary’s diplomacy to protest and demand an explanation from the Romanian authorities who had committed a series of other anti-Hungarian provocations in recent months anyway.

Jobbik continues to most firmly stand up against any manifestations of injustice, discrimination, intimidation and oppression of the Hungarian communities living beyond our borders and feels responsible for supporting the self-governance efforts of Hungarian communities living in the territories torn away from us, including the autonomy of Szeklerland!

MP István Szávay, vice president of Jobbik