If we respected each other's minorities, we could be much stronger together

As a delegate of the Hungarian National Assembly, Jobbik MP László Lukács participated in the meeting of the CEI Parliamentary Assembly General Committee on Cultural Affairs in Rome. In addition to the current affairs affecting our continent, the other key issue discussed was the status of minorities in the Central European region.

In the debate, the Jobbik MP presented the situation of minorities in Hungary to his colleagues coming from the region's other countries. He talked about the act on national minorities enacted in 2012, two articles of which had been proposed by Jobbik. As a result of the two provisions, minorities making up 20% of the population in their town can conduct official affairs in two languages while a 10% share of minorities allows for the placement of bilingual signs. László Lukács expressed his wish that  

the Hungarian model could serve as an example for neighbouring countries in terms of treating their Hungarian minorities.

He emphasized the violations of human rights that the local authorities of those countries commit on a daily basis against the Hungarian community living in the territories transferred by way of the Trianon Treaty. Listing the specific examples, he mentioned

Slovakia, where citizens are persecuted for having a double citizenship and especially Hungarian citizenship in addition to their Slovakian one.
Ukraine, where they do not observe even the most fundamental requirements of the language law, which significantly hinders the native-language education of the Hungarian minority.
In Romania, the situation has deteriorated to the point where the Transylvanian Hungarian minority of over 1.5 million people may be fined for singing the Hungarian anthem in public, while the use of national symbols is persecuted.

Finally, the MP mentioned Serbia where the competency of National Councils in the Hungarian-populated areas of the Vojvodina region has been further reduced in terms of educational and cultural matters, instead of being increased.

"Jobbik's politicians have pointed out several times that Central Eastern Europe could be a much more powerful and influential factor in the world if its countries could unite their efforts but such a cooperation cannot take place unless the rights of our minorities are mutually respected", emphasized László Lukács, adding that he presented his party's opinion in the Rome meeting to his fellow representatives coming from Slovakia, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine, Italy, Austria and many other countries.


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