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AHF was among the fifteen organizations from Europe, North America, and Latin America that met January 5-6, 2005 in Szabadka/Subotica (Vajdaság/Vojvodina, Serbia-Montenegro) to join forces in persuading the Government of the Republic of Hungary to coordinate with them its efforts to assist ethnic Hungarians living as national minorities in Romania, Slovakia, Serbia-Montenegro, Ukraine, Croatia, and Slovenia. [more] [see all AHF news]
1/10/2005 - AHF Members breaking ground on 1848 / 1956 Hungarian Memorial Monument in Lorain, Ohio. The cost is estimated at $30,000.00 and your help is needed! Donors who give $100.00 or more get their names inscribed in the stepping stones. Leave your mark and help us build this monument to Hungarian bravery and democracy. [more] [see all AHF news]
1/4/2005 - Hungarians have until September 2005 to formally request return of confiscated properties in Slovakia under the Benes Decrees. The 1945 Benes Decrees claimed collective World War II responsibility of Germans and Hungarians living in Czechoslovakia, and deprived them of their rights, their property and expelled many of them from the country.
Ujsag" weekly has published a list of those lands, which were
taken away during the Benes programs. The original owners or their
descendants may recover expropriated lands and properties if they
can prove their ownership and relationships to the original owner.
The validated documents have to be shown to the proper authorities.
One catch is that it has to be proven before September 1 of 2005.
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AHF in the News
Morton Abramowitz and Heather Hurlburt are right
to urge strong U.S. involvement to help resolve the festering problem
of Kosovo ["Where to Start With Europe," op-ed, Dec. 23].
They, however, do not go far enough. Any settlement of the situation
in Serbia must include the province of Vojvodina.
A Határon Túli Magyar Szervezetek szabadkai fórumának nyugatról érkezett részvevoi, így az Amerikai Magyar Szövetség képviseloje is, megfigyeloi státusban vettek részt a tanácskozáson. Lapunk washingtoni tudósítója, Purger Tibor az AMSZ délvidéki és balkáni ügyekkel foglalkozó tanácsadójaként szólalt fel, elmondta, hogy az 1906-ban alakult szervezetet miért foglalkoztatja a kettos állampolgárság ügye:[more]
Other International News
Utah gymnast Gabriella Onodi is the most improved gymnast on the
team this year. Utah coach Greg Marsden and sophomore Gabi Onodi
are sitting in Marsden's office, watching a tape of a gymnast neither
had seen in a while, a gymnast performing elite moves with strength,
confidence and crispness.
iroda nyílt Csíkszeredában (Human Rights Office Opens in Csikszereda,
Transylvania buy Pro Europa League)
Hargita megyében is panasszal lehet fordulni a PRO EUROPA Ligához emberi jogok megsértése miatt. A PRO EUROPA Liga marosvásárhelyi civil szervezet ugyanis 2004. folyamán 20 személy számára biztosított emberjogi és kisebbségjogi képzést. Ennek eredményeként és az Open Society Institute támogatásával 2005. [more]
6%-kal nott a Fidesz támogatottsága
(Support for the Fidesz Party grew 6% - Fidesz now leads the ruling
Socialist Party, MSZP, 46% - 35% according to polling by Medián)
A népszeru politikusok listáját még mindig Dávid Ibolya MDF-elnök vezeti, ot követi Mádl Ferenc köztársasági elnök. Orbán Viktor, a Fidesz elnöke a 6., Gyurcsány Ferenc a 8. a mezonyben.
Slovak leaders declare "There is no
place for Autonomy in
Slovakia" for Hungarians
Elzárkóznak a kisebbségi autonómia minden lehetséges formájától Szlovákia legfobb közjogi méltóságai - derült ki hétfon Pozsonyban az államfo, a házelnök és a kormányfo találkozója után.[more in Hungarian]
Attila descendants want recognition
More than 2,000 Hungarian descendants of Attila the Hun, once described as the "Scourge of God", are demanding official recognition as an ethnic minority. "As a member of the European Union, Hungary should not be suppressing a minority," said Joshua Imre Novak, the group's self-appointed leader. [more]
industry soars in November
Hungarian industrial output rose by 10.5 percent year-on-year in November, far above market expectations. [more]
PRESIDENT SAYS RELATIONS WITH MOLDOVA ARE "FOREIGN POLICY
In his 10 January interview with Realitatea TV, President Basescu said his country's relations with Moldova are a "foreign policy priority," Mediafax and Revista Presei Online reported the next day. Basescu said Romanian foreign policy in the last 10 years has neglected Moldova and the importance of the Black Sea region. As a result, he said, Romania finds itself "out of the game" in the search for a solution to the Transdniester conflict, despite the fact that Moldova has a "large [ethnic] Romanian majority." He said he is ready to visit Chisinau and raise these issues with his Moldovan counterpart Vladimir Voronin. "Just as we granted the [ethnic] Hungarians all the rights, we are entitled to demand that all the rights of [ethnic] Romanians be respected, whether in the [Serbian] Timoc Valley or in the Moldovan Republic," Basescu said.
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