A delegation of the Hungarian Democratic Alliance of Romania (RMDSZ) was in Washington, D.C., on Monday to brief several institutions and members of the legislature on the situation of the Hungarian minority in Romania, reported MTI.
The delegation, led by party president Hunor Kelemen, met with local Hungarians at the Kossuth House in the US capital, organized by the New York-based Hungarian Human Rights Foundation and the Kossuth Foundation in Washington, D.C.
Hunor Kelemen reported that
the American decision-makers were informed about the shortcomings in minority rights in Romania, in part in the area of the restitution of church and community property.
Photo: Facebook Hunor Kelemen
He also told the audience in Washington that in Romania there are repeated political attempts to take back minority rights that have already been acquired, and that these rights must be reaffirmed. The RMDSZ President said that the aim of the visit was to convey to the American politicians that in Romania, which is on the periphery of the European Union and NATO, the relationship between the majority and the minority is more than just a human rights issue, as it is also a security policy issue.
The security policy aspects are also much more understood by the current US administration than if they were merely abstract human rights, Hunor Kelemen outlined, adding that they trust the US to put pressure on Romania on minority issues, based on the fact that Bucharest usually hears the messages coming from the US capital.
Loránt Vincze, RMDSZ MEP, briefed members of the Hungarian community in Washington on the European framework for minority rights. He said that they expect Washington to pay more attention to the issue of Hungarians in Transylvania and, more broadly, that the United States and the European Union should cooperate more closely on human rights, including national minority rights.
Via MTI; Featured Image: Pixabay