|AHF News Archive 2013|
12/12/2013 - AHF releases statement in connection with upcoming Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearings of US Ambassador to Hungary designate Colleen Bradley Bell. “[we] welcome the nomination of Ambassador-Designate Bell. We trust that she will take concrete steps to change the perception of a lack of evenhandedness and a double standard in the treatment of Hungary...” [read more]
Pártatlanságot kérnek az amerikai magyarok Colleen Bell nagykövettől. [tovább]
11/25/2013 - Romania council votes to revoke the Knight's Order of the "Star of Romania" from hero of the Romanian Revolution, Bishop László Tőkés. AHF writes to the US Helsinki Commission on this latest anti-Hungarian measure:
"The Federation respectfully and strongly urges you to publicly on behalf of the Helsinki Commission raise Romania’s most recent anti-Hungarian phenomenon." [read more]
11/25/2013 - AHF participates in drafting Central and East European Coalition (CEEC) Fall 2013 Policy Paper. It includes language on minority rights: "...support the equitable and prompt restitution of properties – including private, communal, and church properties – that had been illegally confiscated by governments of CEE, from ethnic minorities and the populations at large."
10/24/2013 - AHF Executive Chairman delivers multimedia presentation entitled "Reflections on the 1956 Hungarian Revolution" for the Shepherd Center World Affairs Series coordinated by A. Ross Johnson, Wilson Center Senior Scholar, Hoover Institution Research Fellow, and former Director of Radio Free Europe. Bryan Dawson, whose mother was wounded in the Freedom Fight, discussed the roots of the conflict and Polish-Hungarian sympathies, Hungary's history and national character that contributed to the uprising, and the Revolution's impacts internationally. [read more]
10/18/2013 - 1956-2013: AHF hosts reception in Honor of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution at the National Press Club on October 18, 2013. Guest speakers included Ferenc Kumin, Deputy State Secretary for International Communications. AHF speakers, Frank Koszorus and Bryan Dawson, urged an end to partisanship and politically motivated criticism of Hungary.
10/4/2013 - On Sunday September 29, opposition demonstrators erected and destroyed a styrofoam statue of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, imitating the toppling of statue of Stalin on October 23, 1956. AHF issues statement. Reasonable people, including both political opponents and supporters of the Prime Minister, can surely agree that comparing the democratically elected prime minister to the mass murderer Stalin is so incomprehensible that it requires no comment -- it is a primitive falsification of history at its worst. [read more]
6/19/2013 - AHF submits memorandum to US Helsinki Commission in follow up to both the Congressional letter to Secretary John Kerry requesting that the “State Department vigorously engage the Romanian government to end the travesty of justice which it has perpetuated by failing to fully restitute properties illegally confiscated from religious denominations after 1945" and AHF's April 25th meeting with the Commission during which AHF expressed its deep concern about threats to democracy and human rights arising from discriminatory actions and policies affecting members of the Hungarian minority in some of the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. [read more]
6/14/2013 - Representatives Andy Harris (R-MD), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Chris Smith (R-NJ) and David Royce (R-OH) and 17 other Representatives submitted a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry requesting that the “State Department vigorously engage the Romanian government to end the travesty of justice which it has perpetuated by failing to fully restitute properties illegally confiscated from religious denominations after 1945.” The letter also asks Secretary Kerry to focus the State Department’s attention on the upcoming legal proceeding against Attila Markó, Tamás Marosán and Silviu Clim. [read more]
AHF activates the Disaster Relief Fund - 2013 Flooding in Hungary - Help now! The American Hungarian Federation has activated its Disaster Relief Fund to help families affected by recent flooding. 100% of your tax-deductible donations to AHF go directly to help victims in Hungary using as many volunteer resources as possible to maximize the impact of the funds. [Help now!]
June 13 Extended Deadline! AHF ACTION ALERT! CONTACT CONGRESS! The Romanian government has failed to restore a large number of religious and communal properties it illegally confiscated from the Hungarian and Romanian Christian and Jewish communities after the Second World War. Representatives Andy Harris (R-MD), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Chris Smith (R-NJ) and David Royce (R-OH) have prepared a letter to Secretary of State Kerry regarding this untenable situation. They have invited their colleagues to co-sign their letter. You can help! [learn how]
5/20/2013 - AHF welcomes the unveiling of statues of Count Janos Esterhazy, hero of the Holocaust, in Budapest and Kassa (now Kosice after annexation). AHF has long called for Esterhazy's exoneration, despite strong opposition from Slovak nationalists, and recently published key documents from Simon Wiesenthal, Yad Veshem, and historians Dr. Magda Ádám, Amb. Géza Jeszenszky, and Dr. István Deák that attest to his principled stand and actions to save Jews during World War II and protect the Hungarian minority in Slovakia. Heti Valasz article and videos are also shown of the ceremonies held in Budapest and Slovakia and the nationalist disruptions there. [read more]
5/10/2013 - AHF publishes documents supporting the exoneration of Count János Esterházy (the only member of the Slovak Parliament in 1942 who voted against expelling the Jews, he was convicted on trumped up charges and died in a communist prison). The documents attest to his principled stand and actions to save Jews during World War II and protect the Hungarian minority in Slovakia, and includes letters from Simon Wiesenthal, Yad Veshem, and historians Dr. Magda Ádám and Dr. István Deák, Professor Emeritus from Columbia University.
4/26/2013 - AHF leaders meet with senior staff of the Helsinki Commission on April 25, 2013. AHF, represented by President Frank Koszorus, Jr., and Dr. Louis Segesvary, policy adviser and member of the Federation's International Relations Committee, raised a number of issues relating to the promotion of tolerant societies and respect for the rights of national, ethnic and religious minorities, including the Hungarian minorities living in Central and Eastern Europe, as a necessary means to strengthen democracy in multi-ethnic countries.
3/25/2013 - The American Hungarian Federation supports the Smithsonian Institution, Balassi Institute and the Hungarian Embassy in promoting the 2013 Smithsonian Folk Life Festival featuring "Hungarian Heritage - Roots to Revival." AHF Executive Committee commits to $10,000.00 seed money toward the $100,000.00 needed for the building of the Hungarian Pavilion and grounds. AHF calls for volunteers and support! [read more]
3/19/2013 -- United States Helsinki Commission holds Hearing entitled, "The Trajectory of Democracy – Why Hungary Matters" to "examine Hungary’s constitutional changes with a particular view to the independence of the judiciary, present-day Hungary’s relationship to its Holocaust-era past, and the implications of Hungary’s sweeping legal changes for civil society, including an independent media and religious organizations." AMERICAN HUNGARIAN FEDERATION TESTIMONY ENTERED INTO RECORD. [read more]
3/10/2013 -- AHF and Members of the Community show Support for Autonomy of Rumania's ethnic-Hungarian community... Carrying the Szekely Flag and a sign that read "Autonomy for Szekelyland," the group marched around the White House in Washington, DC, and raised awareness of the situation facing the ethnic-Hungarian community in Rumania. Numerous demonstrations were held in Europe and in North America. [read more]
3/09/2013 - AHF commemorates Hungarian National Day and the 1848 War of Independence. The commemoration emphasized the relavance of Kossuth and the historic fight for democracy to today, Hungary's revered history of standing up for freedom and liberty against great odds, and the serious human and minority rights challenges facing ethnic-Hungarian communities throughout the Carpathian basin. [read more]
2/27/2013 - AHF Launches Special Service for for Individual, Patron and Michael Kovats Freedom Circle-level Members of the American Hungarian Federation. AHF Media Watch (AMSz Figyelő) is a hand-picked selection of http://www.americanhungarianfederation.org/news articles from across the Carpathian Basin and worldwide in English and Hungarian. See the archive! To sign up, become a member! [tovább] [read more]
2/27/2013 - Watch the podcast of Subcommittee Hearing: Anti-Semitism: A Growing Threat to All Faiths. Tamás Fellegi, Ph.D., Managing Partner of EuroAtlantic Solutions (Former Minister of National Development Government of Hungary) represented Hungary on the distinguished panel. [See the timeline of remarks and read more]
1/17/2013 - AHF meets with State Secretary Bence Retvari who was representing a Hungarian delegation visiting the United States at the invitation of the US Department of State’s International Visitors Leadership Program. Mr. Rétvari is Minister of State for Public Administration and Justice. He is a Member of Parliament for the KDNP (Christian Democrats) a part of the ruling coalition. A number of topics of interest to the community, such as good American / Hungarian relations and minority rights, were discussed at the afternoon session. The delegation is scheduled for numerous visits across the country.
1/11/2013 - AHF again responds to Senator Ben Cardin, Co-Chair of the US Helsinki Commission. In his December 20, 2012 statement, the Senator was unfairly critical of Hungary. "...we are concerned that (1) your assertions concerning Hungary omit relevant facts; and (2) your statement fails to raise the discrimination and intolerant policies toward ethnic Hungarians in some of the countries bordering Hungary. The statement therefore leaves the impression... of bias, which could result in cynicism toward the Helsinki Commission and its valuable and necessary work." [read more]
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