Hungarian Democrat Union of Romania (UDMR) President Hunor Kelemen revealed on Thursday that he has cautioned American officials about infringements of minorities’ rights in Romania.
He told the youths attending UDMR’s Summer Academy in Izvoru Muresului that he mentioned the breaching of property and minorities’ rights to members of the U.S. Congress and to other people he met during his recent visit to America.
Kelemen specifically referred to the Miko College of Sfantu Gheorghe, “re-nationalized” by a court ruling, and the failure of opening a Hungarian-language section of the University of Medicine and Pharmacy (UMF) in Targu Mures.
The UDMR head pointed out that the European Union struggles to find solutions to current problems such as the immigration and the situation in Greece and thus “the issues of minority or property rights are put between parentheses.”
Romania and the United States have a strong partnership, so “the Americans must notify their Romanian partners about these problems,” Kelemen asserted, according to Agerpres.
The 12th Summer Academy gathered some 200 young ethnic Hungarians; it included a panel on ‘How Americans See Us’.
In a press conference, Kelemen later insisted that Hungarian ethnics in Romania try to solve their problems home, in the Parliament or at the Government, and turn to foreign partners only when they fail. He claimed he had said the same things in Bucharest, Washington, Brussels, Strasbourg or Berlin, namely that “not all our aspirations are met right now. Moreover, at some points and in some areas, we note a shift towards the past, which is not good.”
He complained to the media about the lack of enforcement of the Education Law at the Targu Mures UMF since 2011, with “no one made responsible”; about the restitution of only 50 percent of church goods confiscated by communists; and about the problems of use of the minority languages in various Romanian institutions.