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National Alliance of Hungarians in Canada Alliance Nationale des Hongrois au Canada Kanadai Magyarok Országos Szövetsége www.kmosz.ca

100 Gloucester St., Suite 352 Ottawa, ON, K2P 0A4 Canada

Founded by 65 Canadian-Hungarian organizations in 2012

Ambassador Maria Ligor Romanian Embassy 655 Rideau Street Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 6A3 Canada Ottawa, October 26, 2013 Your Excellency, We, the National Alliance of Hungarians in Canada (NAHC)/Kanadai Magyarok Országos Szövetsége (KMOSz), hereby express our solidarity with the hundreds of thousands of Szeklers and Hungarians in Transylvania, Romania, who are protesting during the Great March of October 27, 2013 against the Planned Territorial and Administrative reorganization of Romania. The reorganization would, in effect, incorporate majority Hungarian counties into larger Romanian regions, thereby curtailing further the survival of the centuries-old Szekler-Hungarian inhabited regions and lead to their assimilation. This is totally unacceptable, as it would lead to the destruction of an entire centuries-old culture and language. Language, Racial Discrimination Proof of that is the most recent case of Lakó Péterfi Tünde in Târgu-Mureş/Marosvásárhely (October 8, 2013), which is one of the many examples of the linguistic abuse and harassment Hungarians are constantly being subjected to in Romania, not to mention that it is a deep violation of basic human rights to charge, try, and convict anyone for communicating in his or her own mother tongue. These abuses are unbecoming of a civilized nation, especially of an EU member state. This must stop. Hungarians in Romania, the largest minority in Europe, have endured continued discrimination for decades. They are not the enemy of the state or the Romanian population. Proof of that is that the Revolution in 1989 was started by them in Timişoara/Temesvár and they were always fighting for the country’s liberation from under the communist and dictatorial regime, shoulderto-shoulder with the Romanian people. It is every human being’s most basic right to exercise his or her mother tongue, which is the only one through which the deepest thoughts and feelings can be expressed and communicated.

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National Alliance of Hungarians in Canada Alliance Nationale des Hongrois au Canada Kanadai Magyarok Országos Szövetsége www.kmosz.ca

100 Gloucester St., Suite 352 Ottawa, ON, K2P 0A4 Canada

Founded by 65 Canadian-Hungarian organizations in 2012

Romania should embrace the cultural heritage and language the Szeklers have, as it is just as much part of Romania’s history as it is of their own, and can only enrich the entire country. When it comes to this, it is also unacceptable for government institutions and service providers, including hospitals, not to have a significant percentage of leaders, managers and employees that are able to communicate in the mother tongue of the surrounding majority, that is, Hungarian in case of the three counties forming Szekerland/Secuimea/Székelység. Keep your Promises We would like to remind the entire nation that Romania has signed numerous bilateral agreements and treaties, thereby making promises for the nourishment of all minority cultures and heritages, of which almost none have been kept or cared for. The most important being the Proclamation from Alba Iulia/Gyulafehérvár on December 1st 1918, where equal rights and equality were promised but not yet kept for over 90 years! In the words of the treaty (Section III.1): “Comprehensive national liberty for all cohabitant nationalities. Each nationality will learn, administer and judge using its own language by its own individuals, and each nationality will have the right to represent itself in the legislative bodies and in the government of the country, in proportions corresponding to their own population.” (Original wording: “Deplină libertate naţională pentru toate popoarele conlocuitoare. Fiecare popor se va instrui, administra şi judeca în limba sa proprie prin indivizi din sînul său şi fiecare popor va primi drept de reprezentare în corpurile legiuitoare şi la guvernarea ţării în proporţie cu numărul indivizilor ce-l alcătuiesc.”)

We urge you to start working on those promises and to become a strong supporter of mutual respect between the different ethnic groups, and to assure the proper space for them, both social and institutional. Autonomy, the only Guarantee We are therefore requesting that the majority Szekler counties be granted autonomous region status – such as Scotland, Sardinia, South Tyrol, Catalonia, just to name a few – within Romania as this would be the only true guarantee that Szeklers and Hungarians will be finally free from all the linguistic, cultural and economic and human rights abuses they have been subjected to for far too long at the hands of the surrounding Romanian majority. Incidentally, many Romanians are also in favour of regional autonomies within Romania, as stated just a few days ago by well-known Angela Tocilă of Oradea/Nagyvárad on October 24, 2013.

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National Alliance of Hungarians in Canada Alliance Nationale des Hongrois au Canada Kanadai Magyarok Országos Szövetsége

100 Gloucester St., Suite 352 Ottawa, ON, K2P 0A4 Canada

Founded by 65 Canadian-Hungarian organizations in 2012

www.kmosz.ca

Canadian model As Canadians, we also urge you to follow this country’s example which recognized “that the Québécois form a nation within a united Canada” as adopted by the House of Commons in Ottawa on November 27, 2006. Furthermore, we demand equal rights for Hungarians and Romanians throughout the entire country, not only in writing, but in actual practice as well. Live and let live, respecting each other’s ethnic and cultural diversity as that is what leads to real prosperity, friendship and freedom at all levels, as we are experiencing it here in Canada! Economic Prosperity It is our strong belief that meeting the demands herein and granting autonomy to the Szeklers/Secuimea/Székelyek in the terms set forth by the Szekler National Council, Romania, will only be received with the highest international esteem and appreciation. Furthermore, it will spark increased prosperity and trade on all levels, that is, local, regional, national and international that would benefit not only Romania, but every corner of the world, including Canada. There is absolutely nothing Romania can lose by granting the strongly requested autonomy. This is a ‘‘win-win’’ situation for all concerned. Respectfully, Dr. Feszty Dániel, Ottawa President of NAHC and the Regional Vice Presidents of the NAHC:

Bódi Julianna, Montréal Montréal and Québec

Komáromi Zoltán, Kitchener South-West Ontario

Dr. Lapohos Tibor, Ottawa Eastern Ontario and Capital Region

Szabó László, Calgary Alberta

Rev. Vass Zoltán, Toronto Greater Toronto

Ábrahám Tibor, Vancouver British Columbia 3/3

NHAC Letter to the Romanian Embassy  

Letter to Ambassador Maria Ligor 2013 October 27

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