Rights NGO asks MEP Tokes to highlight attacks against ethnic Hungarians

Oradea, May 13 (MTI) – Hungarian human rights NGO, the Council of Human Dignity (EMT), has asked Hungarian MEP of Romania Laszlo Tokes to highlight a recent rise in the number of attacks against ethnic Hungarians and discrimination throughout the Carpathian Basin, EMT’s chairman said on Friday.

Zoltan Lomnici, a former chief justice, said it was worrying that an increasing number of politicians in neighbouring countries had made anti-Hungarian remarks, and asked Tokes, who is a Vice President of the European Parliament, to raise the issue in European Union forums.

Lomnici said that over 20 Hungarian memorials in countries around Hungary had been vandalised during the first four months of 2011, 15 of them in Romania. He said that EMT condemned all forms of negative discrimination, including anti-Hungarian expressions. Repeated violation of ethnic rights or national dignity is unacceptable in the 21st century, he added.

Tokes said the EU should work out a self-reliant minority protection system and sufficient methods to protect human rights. The former bishop pledged to raise the issue of the attacks at an forthcoming summit of European church leaders in Brussels, to be attended by heads of the European Council, the European Parliament and the European Commission.

Source: mti.hu