Has Hungary been observing its commitments to the human rights compliance which are mandatory for all EU Member states?
In his recent interview to rabble.ca Aladàr Horvàth, chair of the Roma Civil Rights Foundation in Hungary and a former member of the Hungarian Parliament, provides an overview of the history of the Roma people in Hungary and the social and political landscape in the country that has brought so many of them to Canada seeking refugee status in recent months. He identifies the hate speech prevalent in Hungarian media as central to the overall societal disdain for the Roma, and describes the hardships faced by locals resulting from routine police brutality, structural violence, and aggression from local governments. Context is provided around the practice of forced labour camps that separate families and destroy Roma communities. Horvàth ends by urging the Canadian government not to recognize or support the Hungarian state until the right of the Roma people to be free from discrimination and persecution has been addressed.
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By defiling Hungarian people he stigmatizes us the Hungarian Romas!
"We have been both astonished and scandalized while reading our Roma brother Aladár Horváth’s declarations in Canada ... We have got flabbergasted when we got to know that he had claimed to Canadian politicians , refugee agencies that in Hungary legal environment for the establishment of labor camps similar to those ones operating in during Mussolini’s fascist state, and legal regulation of forced labor were being prepared. He went further on claiming such absurdities by which he created mere disharmony in the society. By defiling Hungarian people he stigmatizes us the Hungarian Romas! We have figured out his wishes from his declarations, that are, to let the Roma keep on living on subsidies and social benefit and not to let them to access to more decent life." - Balogh István Szilveszter, spokesperson for Roma Ösztönző Társaság (Hungary).
Nothing has been done about fascism and the rising tide of neo-Nazism and anti-Roma persecution
"The Hungarian Governments have had just over 20 years since the fall of communism to improve the situation of the Roma in Hungary with education, job training, self empowerment and anti-discrimination legislation but has so far failed miserably and the Roma are worse off than ever. Nothing has been done about fascism and the rising tide of neo-Nazism and anti-Roma persecution and fascist organizations targeting Roma. Finally, Roma refugees who settle in Canada are able to work for themselves or for employers, attend job training programs. continue their higher education and live without fear, none of which they seem to be able to do in Hungary. In my opinion and that of many others, Hungary is not living up to its commitment to human rights which is supposed to be mandatory for all EU member countries and should lose its membership in the EU until the fascists are properly dealt with and made illegal and the UN Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms is really enforced in Hungary. Otherwise, blaming the victims and offering band-aid solutions is just so much avoidance of reality." - Ronald Lee, Honorary Chairman of Roma Community Centre (Toronto, Canada).
loosing membership of the EU would be an immense step to take considering no member has ever left (the only partial exception is Greenland) and there is not even a mechanism for it as a result this makes the comment seem overly alarmist and appear to be ill considered. The author should propose less drastic sanctions first - there are other organisations such as the Council of Europe and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe both of which are more specifically about human rights than the EU which Hungary could be thrown out of first.
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